Locality: Piaotang Mine, Xihuashan ore field, Dayu Co., Ganzhou, Jiangxi, China
Dimensions: 17 x 14.5 x 10 cm.
The Piaotang mine is a major tungsten mine in southern China with similar geology and minerals to the much more famous Yaogangxian mine, but is much less well known by mineral collectors. It does rarely produce superb fluorite specimens, and this is a gorgeous large example with a striking blue-green color (more blue in person, and definitely not the ‘typical’ green of say the Xianghualing or Xianghuapu mine material). The crystals form an attractive stepped group in great condition. A beautiful large fluorite from an unusual Chinese locality! Mark Cross photo.