Name fluorite originates from the Latin word fluere, which means flow, motion. Fluorite was originally known as Fluorospar or Fluor Spar. It is well known for its wide range of colours which includes pink, red, blue, purple, orange, green, brown, gray, black, white, and even colorless. It is interesting that this mineral may have several colors at once, like a rainbow, which can be particularly appealing. Because of this its specific characteristics it is named "the most colorful stone in the world". Also, the word "fluorescence" derived from this
Since ancient times, the variety of Flourite, known as Derbyshire Blue John or Derbyshire spar, or just Blue John, was used for making various ornaments like goblets and bowls, sometimes jewels too. This material was found in mines in the area of Derbyshire, England, as it name implies. Producers of glass tried to make the same effect, but never quite succeeded to obtain the right combination of characteristic patterns of purple, lilac and blue. Some of best examples of this craftsmanship is kept on display in Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, England. It is widely and easily found gemstone. Some significant findings of fluorspar includes Austria, Germany, Italy, Norway, USA, Canada and China.
Fluorite is transparent and translucent stone. Fluorite can be cut as beads, although because of its relatively low hardness (4 on Moh's scale) which may cause inaccuracy in cutting and damage to the stone, use of fluorite in the jewelry making is rather limited. Fluorites are sometimes cut en cabochon. Nevertheless, some old and skilful artisans can cut large gems of Fluorite with facets. In Rubycharm collections you will find such pieces, best to be owned by true collectors.
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