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Connoisseur's Choice: Fluorite, Part 2, Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China

The first part of this column concentrated on the North and South American fluorite localities (Pohwat 2013). In this installment I look at fluorite specimens from European, African, and Asian localities. Again, reiterating what I wrote in the first installment, fluorite is a mineral deserving of a separate book, so attempting to cover every specimen-producing locality in an article such as this would be impossible. If I omit your favorite locality or give short shrift to a locality you like, please understand that there are limits to what can be included in such an overview. That said, let's get back to the specimen drawers in the Smithsonian collection and resume our tour.

Paul W. Pohwat is the collection manager (minerals) in the Division of Mineralogy at the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution).

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