The name fluorite originates from the Latin word fluere, which means flow or motion. Fluorite was originally known as Fluorospar or Fluor Spar. It is well known for its wide range of colours, which include pink, red, blue, purple, orange, green, brown, gray, black, white, and even colourless. It is interesting that this mineral may have several colours at once, like a rainbow, which can be particularly appealing. Because of its specific characteristics it is named "the most colourful stone in the world". Also, the word "fluorescence" was later derived from this stone.
Fluorite is a 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, the use of fluorite in jewellery making
is 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.
Egyptians once carved large Fluorite stones into statues and scarabs, and they believed that using this flowing stone gave their art the power to come to life at night. Many scarabs made of Fluorite were left in ancient pyramids and tombs as guardians of the dead, but it seemed to have no effect, as scarabs themselves were stolen during many pyramid raids.
Since Roman times, the variant 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 to, like this one shown on photo called Cliff Blue Vein Bowl. This material was found in mines in the area of Derbyshire,
England, as its name implies. Producers of glass tried to create the same effect, but never quite succeeded in obtaining the right combination of
characteristic patterns of purple, lilac, and blue. Some of the best examples of this craftsmanship is kept on display in Chatsworth
House in Derbyshire, England. It is an easily found gemstone and significant findings of fluorspar cross the globe, occuring in Austria,
Germany, Italy, Norway, U.S., Canada, and China.
Green fluorite - mineralogists say that the colours of Fluorite are from its impurities, in other words it is an allochromatic mineral. But people that value and recognise energy of crystals and gems stress that every colour of Fluorite has additional and slightly different energy. Some say green fluorite can be compared with mint freshness, while others say it is like water, bringing rejuvination to the body aura and to all one’s chakras.
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