Meaning and Properties

Fluorite History

Fluorite, also called fluorspar, comes in a variety of colors including shades of purple and lavender, clear and green banded as well as yellow, green, blue-green, white and rainbow. Its name comes from the Latin word "fleure" which means "to flux," which in turn means, "flowing out" or "continuous change."


Fluorite Metaphysical Properties

Fluorite is aligned with the astrological signs of Pisces and Capricorn. It is believed to cleanse and purify the body and stabilize energy, increasing the ability to concentrate and helping one to understand and maintain relationships. It is said to promote impartiality for unbiased reasoning. It is called a stone of discernment and aptitude, making it an excellent learning aid. Fluorite is thought to heal arthritis and headaches.

Fluorite Geological Properties

Fluorite crystalizes in many forms, including masses, grains, columns and cubes. Deposits have been found in Germany, Argentina Brazil, Burma (Myanmar), England, France, Norway, China, Namibia, Austria, Switzerland, Peru, Mexico and the state of Illinois in the United States.

Mineral Information Calcium fluoride
Chemical Composition CaF2
Color Purple, violet, clear and green banded
Hardness 4 (Mohs)
Specific Gravity 3.18
Refractive Index 1.434

Proper Care of Fluorite

To clean fluorite, use warm water and a mild soap. Wash the surface with a soft cloth and remove any soap residue. Do not use harsh chemicals because they present a high risk of damaging the surface. Since fluorite is a colored mineral, the use of sonic cleaners or steamers should be avoided. Fluorite can easily be scratched with a knife or other sharp objects, so fluorite jewelry should be stored separately from any other jewelry items that can easily scratch it.

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Designing with Fluorite

Fluorite adds a refreshing touch wherever it appears. Whether you wear the translucent lavender or the medley of cool rainbow colored beads, the effect is the same. Rainbow fluorite beads offer a range of colors and variety of fascinating shapes that blend with and complement solid color gemstones so beautifully. And, like nature's rainbow, each rainbow fluorite bead is unique and lovely.

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