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PostPosted: Mar 12, 2019 20:08    Post subject: Hoping someone will know the locality of this Fluorite from China.  

Hello, I bought this piece off eBay before I was concerned with exactly where my specimens came from. The seller is no longer active, so there is no help on that front. All I know about the origin is that it is from China.

I know this is probably a long shot, a very large country, and a very common mineral. The matrix that the larger crystals are sitting on appears thin and plate-like, with a touch of iridescence. At the very center are very fine crystals, perhaps quartz.

Thanks for any help you can give,

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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
China
 Dimensions: 4 X 5 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  878 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
China
 Dimensions: 4 X 5 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  880 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
China
 Dimensions: 4 X 5 cm
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PostPosted: Mar 12, 2019 20:12    Post subject: Re: Hoping someone will know the locality of this Fluorite from China.  

the crystal form and color would lead one to think it is from Shangbao. Do a search on fluorite shangbao on the internet and mindat and view the photos.

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PostPosted: Mar 12, 2019 20:16    Post subject: Re: Hoping someone will know the locality of this Fluorite from China.  

Thank you, I will do that. That was fast, the knowledge of the people on this forum never ceases to amaze me!
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PostPosted: Mar 13, 2019 01:49    Post subject: Re: Hoping someone will know the locality of this Fluorite from China.  

bob kerr wrote:
the crystal form and color would lead one to think it is from Shangbao. do a search on fluorite shangbao on the internet and mindat and view the photos. bob

I'm sorry to disagree with Bob: I don't think this one is from Shangbao, the crystals and the matrix look more like Yongchun: https://www.mindat.org/loc-205964.html

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PostPosted: Mar 13, 2019 08:06    Post subject: Re: Hoping someone will know the locality of this Fluorite from China.  

I agree with Tobi - the Fujian locality is a better fit.

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PostPosted: Mar 13, 2019 09:07    Post subject: Re: Hoping someone will know the locality of this Fluorite from China.  

Thank you both, yes I searched the first location suggested and found a few specimens with the same crystal structure and colour, although colour is difficult to determine from a photo.

Searching for Yongchun I found many examples that were a very good match. Especially the matrix, which often seems to be a combination of the thin plates and very fine crystalline material.

So, my next question, just because this mineral appears to be a match to this region, can I list Yongchun as the locality with certainty, or is it just likely.

I ask because I have noticed, rightly so, that the moderators on this site are very particular about the locality of a specimen when posting in the collections thread.

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PostPosted: Mar 13, 2019 09:21    Post subject: Re: Hoping someone will know the locality of this Fluorite from China.  

Besides the size of the crystals, this is a very close match.


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 Mineral: Fluorite
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