2.6" Light-Green, Cubic Fluorite Crystal Cluster - Morocco

This is a gorgeous specimen of light-green cubic fluorite crystals, collected from Errachidia, Morocco. Under shortwave UV, these fluorite crystals fluoresce white-purple in color, with phantoms bearing deeper fluorescence visible within the crystal. There is an association of calcite on the fluorite crystals.

Fluorite is a halide mineral comprised of calcium and fluorine, CaF2. The word fluorite is from the Latin fluo-, which means "to flow". In 1852 fluorite gave its name to the phenomenon known as fluorescence, or the property of fluorite to glow a different color depending upon the bandwidth of the ultraviolet light it is exposed to. Fluorite occurs commonly in cubic, octahedral and dodecahedral crystals in many different colors. These colors range from colorless and completely transparent to yellow, green, blue, purple, pink or black. Purples and greens tend to be the most common colors seen.

Calcite, CaCO3, is a carbonate mineral and the most stable polymorph of calcium carbonate. The other polymorphs are the minerals aragonite and vaterite. Calcite crystals are trigonal-rhombohedral, though actual calcite rhombohedra are rare as natural crystals. However, they show a remarkable variety of habits including acute to obtuse rhombohedra, tabular forms, and prisms. Calcite exhibits several twinning types adding to the variety of observed forms. It may occur as fibrous, granular, lamellar, or compact. Cleavage is usually in three directions parallel to the rhombohedron form.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Fluorite & Calcite
LOCATION
Errachidia, Morocco
SIZE
2.6 x 1.65", Largest cube 0.54"
CATEGORY
ITEM
#138241