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tough question on fluorite

Posted by Donald Vaughn  
Donald Vaughn May 04, 2009 03:07AM
recently I passed on a large fluorite 10x9 inches the largest cube being about 2 inches of a light pink/clear to pale purple in color some damage and no locality the price was around 65$ US. I could not take a picture of the piece my question is was it a good decision to pass on the piece or was that a fare price. right now I only have two fluorites in my possession so I am not really familiar with going prices of such pieces especially without locality
NH May 04, 2009 05:33AM
Sort of depends on what you want. It had no locality and some damage, so if you're a serious collector, its probably good save up for a better specimen. If you were just looking for something to brighten up your living room, I think it's a good price for something of that size.
Donald Vaughn May 04, 2009 06:15AM
yeah that was my opinion. I was just second guessing myself and needed reassurance that I made the right decision now if it was known what locality it was from and so happened to be a new york piece I would have paid that much in a second, I know that is highly unlikely. I have a nice Niagara quarry fluorite, now all I need is a muscalonge lake specimen.
so many minerals so little time money and space
Tim Jokela Jr June 04, 2009 03:08PM
1) Don't buy specimens without labels.

2) An experienced collector would most likely be able to put a locality on a fluorite that good. 2" purple cubes are invariably Tri-State, but you mention pink... which seems a little odd. Study the mineral, there's tons of info in print and online, and you'll likely find some clues as to it's locality. Clarity, matrix, associates, there are many sometimes subtle clues. But till you've got more experience, please do stick with point #1.
Rock Currier June 04, 2009 09:47PM
As time pases and you gain experience you will be better able to sight identify minerals and their localities. When you get really good at it, you can profit from it substantially because you can get really good things that have been incorrectly labeled and priced. Until you gain some confidence you might be better off sticking to what you know. I think Tim made a typo in that he should have said Cave In Rock rather than the Tristate which produced no fluorite at all that I know of.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Donald Vaughn June 07, 2009 05:16PM
there was no matrix obvious just a mass of fluorite cubes and my assumption of the color was that it was light faded, This makes it much harder then to decipher.
Tim Jokela Jr June 11, 2009 06:44PM
By Tri-State I mean Illinois-Missouri-Kentucky. Should be some fluorite in there lol.
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