Species: Fluorapatite, Siderite, Arsenopyrite
Locality: Panasqueira Mine, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Portugal
Dimensions: 9 x 6.5 x 2 cm.
Portugal’s Panasqueira mines are known for their world-class crystals of colorful fluorapatite, often associated with ferberite, quartz, fluorite, siderite, and arsenopyrite. This is a beautiful cabinet-size, showy, lustrous plate of classic green fluorapatite crystals to 2.5 cm totally covering a thin siderite matrix. The apatite crystals have great luster, good green color, gemmy interiors, and are in fine condition. This is a great example of these classic and sought-after apatites from Panasqueira. Mark Cross photo.