Dec 9, 2011

A to Z of Gemstones - F is for Flourite

Fluorite is a mineral composed of Calcium Fluoride. It often occurs as a vein deposit, especially with metallic minerals. Originally known as Fluorspar, the name Fluorite derives from the Latin root "Fluo" meaning "to flow". Many samples of Fluorite exhibit fluorescence under ultra-violet light, a property that takes its name from fluorite. The visible light transmitted with fluorite is most commonly blue.

A fairly soft stone, Fluorite is known as the "Most Colourful Mineral in the World". The most common colours are purple, green, blue and yellow but Fluorite can also be found in pink, red, white, brown, black and nearly every shade in between. Many specimens of fluorite have a single colour, but a significant percentage of fluorite's have multiple colours, and the colours are arranged in bands or zones.

Fluorite can be found and mined in many countries including Argentina, Austria, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and the United States.

Ancient Romans believed that drinking alcoholic beverages from vessels carved of fluorite prevented drunkenness. During the eighteenth century fluorite was ground into powder and mixed with water to treat kidney disease. Many people believe fluorite has a calming effect on the body.

Below are some example of gorgeous fluorite jewellery from some members of the Jet team:




Your Daily Jewels said...

Great info and GORGEOUS examples. One of my favorite stones. Thank you for the info and for including my necklace:)

Beadsme said...

Great post Shaz and I love your selections.

SendingLoveGallery said...

enjoyed! I just love fluorite myself~


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