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4.9" Realistic, Carved, Purple Fluorite Skull - China
This is a stunning, 4.9" long, carved skull made out of purple fluorite. The quality of the polish and sculpting is wonderful. The underside of the skull and the nostrils have been hollowed-out, making the specimen closer in resemblance to a real skull. The skull displays beautiful banded fluorescence under both short and long wave UV.
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.