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Fluorite

$700.00   €576  £520.00 approx.  

This specimen is priced in US dollars, all other prices are approximate.

ID: CC20933
This delightful miniature cluster of delicate lemon-yellow Fluorite crystals, zoned sky-blue, is from The Bull Vein at Lady Annabella mine, close to the village of Eastgate in Weardale. The sharp-edged cubes range between cloudy cream-lemon and completely gemmy golden-lemon with edges to over 2 cm long. Delicate blue pencil thin lines form zones within the crystal faces and although subtle, are readily apparent. In LWUV the specimen fluoresces bright white with a patchwork of mottled purple. The Bull Vein was originally the main source of mineralisation in this section of the quarry, with all other pockets emanating from it.

The Lady Annabella mine began specimen recovery operations in July 2020 within the former Eastgate Quarry, previously known as the Blue Circle Cement Quarry. This quarry began in the early 1960s, working an exposure of the Great Limestone, a major formation of Carboniferous age (Pendleian Substage), found across much of Northern England. Following uplift and fracturing, subsequent Fluorite mineralisation pervaded this area of County Durham, in the form of sub-vertical veins and near-horizontal metasomatic flats. Metasomatism is the chemical alteration of rock by hydrothermal fluids. Over the past 55 years, Fluorite from this quarry has become famous amongst collectors for its wide range of colours, colour variations and zonation. In just its first five months of operation, the Lady Annabella mine has produced a magnificent range of Fluorite specimens, many of which are colour variants and mixtures never before seen at this locality, nor even in the other famous mines throughout the Weardale Valley.

Details

Dimensions
5.2 × 6.5 × 3.5 cm
Categories
Fluorite and Halides, Latest Additions
Locality
The Bull Vein, Lady Annabella Mine, Eastgate, Weardale, County Durham, England, Europe

Minerals on Specimen

Minerals on specimen
Fluorite

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