FLUORITE from OKORUSU

These are selections from a new find of really diverse , sharp phantomed fluorites from this classic locality which has been producing fluorite for some 30 years now. However, the phantoms and patterns in these recent batches are really wildly different than previous finds.

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OKOFLU-08 - Fluorite - $ 750
Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo Region, Karibib District, Namibia

miniature, 4.2 x 3.8 x 1.3 cm
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Fluorite from Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo Region, Karibib District, Namibia [db_pics/pics/okoflu-08c.jpg]

Not only is this translucent fluorite specimen strangely color zoned, most of the darker lavender core is oriented in a direction 45 degrees offset to the plane of the crystal, making a stark contrast of both color and form within the same crystal! Really bizarre, this is one of the most riveting fluorite miniatures I have seen for the locality, or for anywhere for that matter.


OKOFLU-06 - Fluorite - $ 450
Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo Region, Karibib District, Namibia

small cabinet, 8.5 x 4.6 x 2.1 cm
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Fluorite from Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo Region, Karibib District, Namibia [db_pics/pics/okoflu-06b.jpg]

This is a flat plate of intergrown, lustrous and translucent fluorite with crystals to 5.0 cm across. Deep in the depths of the crystals, dark green color zoning is evident at an oblique angle to the plane of the larger crystals. VERY sharp , when backlit especially.


OKOFLU-16 - Fluorite - SOLD
Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo Region, Karibib District, Namibia

small cabinet, 9.4 x 8.0 x 3.4 cm
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Fluorite from Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo Region, Karibib District, Namibia [db_pics/pics/okoflu-16d.jpg]

Lustrous and translucent, intergrown fluorite crystals, to 2.25 cm across, exhibit variegated light and dark lavender colors with really fun patterning. Sharp phantom lines are seen in many crystals. Crystals with lighter colored lavender phantoms are clearly evident. Very nice group with excellent lustre, that glows even better when strongly backlit!


OKOFLU-17 - Fluorite - SOLD
Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo Region, Karibib District, Namibia

miniature, 4.8 x 4.5 x 1.9 cm
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An extremely sharp, jigsaw-arranged cluster of variegated, intergrown fluorite crystals, to 1.5 cm across, exhibit luster and translucence.. The colors range from light to dark lavender, and color zoning is clearly evident in many crystals.


OKOFLU-15 - Fluorite - SOLD
Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo Region, Karibib District, Namibia

thumbnail, translucent
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OKOFLU-19 - Fluorite - SOLD
Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo Region, Karibib District, Namibia

cabinet, 10.3 x 5.3 x 1.5 cm
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This intergrown plate of multihued fluorite, to 2.25 cm across exhibits excellent luster and translucence. Several crystals show stepped growth. The various shades of lavender and rich purple are attractive and the darker, opaque color in the cores highlights the phantoms, oriented 45 degrees from the plane of surrounding crystal growth. MUCH better in person!


OKOFLU-13 - Fluorite - SOLD
Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo Region, Karibib District, Namibia

small cabinet, 6.4 x 6.0 x 1.1 cm
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Fluorite from Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo Region, Karibib District, Namibia [db_pics/pics/okoflu-13c.jpg]

This thin plate of lustrous and translucent, intergrown fluorite is highlighted by crystals that have a rich lavender color interspersed with colorless areas. Crystal size reaches .7 cm across. Exceptionally gemmy and translucent, this plate sparkles!


OKOFLU-12 - Fluorite - SOLD
Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo Region, Karibib District, Namibia

cabinet, 12.2 x 6.4 x 1.9 cm
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Fluorite from Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo Region, Karibib District, Namibia [db_pics/pics/okoflu-12d.jpg]

An overall color of rich lavender, along with good luster and exceptional transparency highlights this plate of intergrown fluorite. Crystals reach 1.0 cm across and many have darker, opaque color centers not oriented in the plane of crystal growth but rather offset at 45 degrees, producing a stark contrast in form and color both. The back of the plate seems microcrystallized all around. The photos here are with only moderate lighting. In strong backlighting, these crystals "pop" out at you even more.


OKOFLU-11 - Fluorite - SOLD
Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo Region, Karibib District, Namibia

small cabinet, 7.9 x 5.2 x 1.5 cm
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A large fluorite crystal measuring 2.3 cm across is perched high between smaller intergrown fluorite crystals. Good luster and translucence and a rich lavender color is augmented by colorless areas and opaque lavender cores which are oriented 45 degrees to the plane of crystal growth. SHARP phantoms, better in preson. There are a few very minor dings on some crystal edges. The photos here are with only moderate lighting. In strong backlighting, these crystals "pop" out at you.


OKOFLU-10 - Fluorite - SOLD
Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo Region, Karibib District, Namibia

small cabinet, 6.9 x 4.4 x 1.7 cm
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This is an aesthetic plate of well formed, intergrown fluorite crystals, with the largest crystal, 2.0 cm across, perched at the very top of the specimen if stood vertically. It has good luster and translucence with a rich lavender color supported by colorless areas and opaque lavender cores which are oblique to the plane of crystal growth. The photos here are with only moderate lighting. In strong backlighting, these crystals "pop" out at you.


OKOFLU-09 - Fluorite - SOLD
Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo Region, Karibib District, Namibia

small cabinet, 7.3 x 6.0 x 1.4 cm
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This intergrown plate of fluorite is lustrous and highly translucent. The predominant color is intensely purple cores, but with colorless areas aroudn them. The internal phantoms are oriented in a direction 45 degrees from the plane of crystal growth around them. Crystals reach 1.8 cm across. very lustrous, and much more attractive in person! The photos here are with only moderate lighting. In strong backlighting, these crystals "pop" out at you.


OKOFLU-07 - Fluorite - SOLD
Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo Region, Karibib District, Namibia

miniature, 3.5 x 2.7 x 2.1 cm
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Fluorite from Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo Region, Karibib District, Namibia [db_pics/pics/okoflu-07b.jpg]

This single crystal of lustrous and translucent emerald green fluorite has dark lavender spots in each corner. Cute!


OKOFLU-05 - Fluorite - SOLD
Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo Region, Karibib District, Namibia

small cabinet, 9.6 x 9.3 x 6.3 cm
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Large, blocky, cubes of fluorite, with stepped growth on the corners, exhibit a rich emerald green color at their cores and a lavender color at the corners. The crystals reach 5 cm or 2 inches across and are robust - VERY unusual in both respects, for this locality! The complexly stepped edges of the largest top and frontal cubes show wondderful coplexity, highlighted by a purple color. Super translucence and good luster along with excellent crystal form make this specimen a dramatic piece that shows vrey good in a case.


OKOFLU-04 - Fluorite - SOLD
Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo Region, Karibib District, Namibia

cabinet, 12.5 x 10.7 x 2.4 cm
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Fluorite from Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo Region, Karibib District, Namibia [db_pics/pics/okoflu-04d.jpg]

Lustrous and translucent, this intergrown fluorite plate exhibits stepped growth and rich, emerald-green color which is perhaps better in person. Crystal growth reaches 5.3 cm across. Oddly, one or two specks of rich lavender color emanate from deep in crystal cores. Most of the cores though, are a darker green phtnaom growth, offset at 45 degrees to the larger crystal in which they reside just as with the odd purple phantoms above. VERY MUCH better in person!


OKOFLU-03 - Fluorite - SOLD
Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo Region, Karibib District, Namibia

cabinet, 13.6 x 11.6 x 2.7 cm
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This plate of intergrown fluorite exhibits rich emerald green color along with lavender color zoning, caused by internal phantoms. Crystals reach 2.3 cm across and most of the crystal corners are colorless. Good luster and translucence ,and lack of damage, also highlight this specimen from the crowd.



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