These fluorites are from the Okorusu Mine in the Otjiwarongo Dist. of the Otjozondjupa Region of Namibia. This is an open pit operation that is most famous for the variety of fluorite specimens found there. Fluorite is a halide mineral that contains the elements Ca and F. Specimens from this locale are commonly cut from small vugs found in large massive pieces. The pieces are removed and the excess fluorite is then removed. This specimen consists of a plate-like formation of interpenetrating crystals. They have cranberry to violet purple color with varying degrees of translucency to transparency. The type of pattern in the crystals are commonly called “checker board”. It measures 4 11/16 x 3 5/16 x 1 3/16 inches or 119 x 84 x 30 mm.
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