From: Surprise Mine, Socorro Co., New Mexico, USA
Size: 5.5 x 7.0 x 4.3cm
At first glance you might think this fluorite is from the Okorusu Mine in Namibia, but it's not. It's actually from a new 2018 find from the Surprise Mine in New Mexico, and it's incredibly beautiful! This material was first shown at the Tucson 2018 show, and this was the single best piece we saw due to it's excellent condition, color, and aesthetics. This really was, in our opinion, the best piece of fluorite from this new find that was available.
What makes this fluorite so unusual is the color and the octahedral clusters of crystals. The color varies from a purple to violet depending on the lighting, but it's definitely a unique shade no matter how you view it. The main crystal on top is 2.7cm from tip to tip, and has great, glassy color throughout. The smaller crystals below show zoning of violet and white. When viewed from the side you can see that all of the crystals actually have a purple core with a thin clear outer shell around them.
Most specimens from this find are highly etched, but this one is more intact. The main crystal on top is almost entirely complete, and from the front it appears completely undamaged. The etching on the backside has mostly just removed some of the quartz matrix which lets light easily pass thru the back of the specimen making the unique form visible in any lighting.
This excellent specimen comes with a labeled acrylic display base.