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The Magic of Rocks and Stones
Fluorite (Fluorospar or Fluor Spar)
Written and compiled by - Patricia Jean Martin
Fluorite, a mineral that
melts easily, derives its name from the Latin word "fluere"
meaning "to flow" or "to flux" and refers to its use as
a flux in the steel and aluminum smelting process. The word
"fluorescent" comes from the word Fluorite, as Fluorite crystals
were some of the first fluorescent specimens to be studied. Its
fluorescence is thought to be due to Yttrium, Cerium or organic matter
in the crystal structure.
Fluorite was originally
known as Fluorospar or Fluor Spar and has been called "the most
colorful mineral in the world" as its colors are many; the most common being
purple, blue, green, yellow, pink or clear, but it is not uncommon to find specimens
in white, red-orange, black, brown and every color and shade in between.
It is also not uncommon to find multi-colored Fluorite (sometimes called Rainbow
Fluorite) that possess several different bands of color (called
"zones") that intermingle, producing a more highly sought after
variation of the stone. One older locality that is the sole source of the well-known
and well-loved banded purple-blue variety of Fluorite called "Blue
John Fluorite" is found in Castleton in Derbyshire, England.
This area has been mined since ancient Roman times and is now depleted.
Other notable localities of Fluorite mines are found in Germany,
Norway, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, China, Italy, and the United
Fluorite is calcium
fluoride and forms at shallow depths in relatively cooler conditions than what
many other types of crystals form at. It usually occurs as
transparent or translucent cubic or octohedronal crystals and is most
commonly found in metallic hydrothermal vein deposits, especially
those pegmatite cavities containing Lead, Zinc, Silver, Galena or Sphalerite.
Fluorite can also occur in sedimentary rocks, or may be found in
Granites or Limestones or as a component of other metamorphic rock.
are popular with collectors, and Fluorite tops the list there. Along with
the crystal's magnificent color display under an ultra-violet (UV) light,
many specimens are also thermoluminescent, meaning they will glow when heated.
One particular variety, Chlorophane (meaning "to show green"), will
exhibit this property when even simply held in one's hand, being activated by
merely body heat. It will glow green to blue-green, once and only once,
as the glow eventually fades away no longer able to be activated. Limited
quantities of this type of Fluorite are found in Franklin, New Jersey; the
Bluebird Mine, Arizona; Amelia Court House, Virginia; Mont Saint-Hilaire,
Quebec, Canada, and Nerchinsk, Ural Mountains, Russia.
Minerals associated with
Fluorite are Calcite, Quartz, Barite, Galena, Willemite and many more.
Fluorite is second only to Quartz as being the most popular mineral for
collectors, but is not popular as a gemstone for, unlike Quartz, it can be
easily scratched or broken. Purple Fluorite can be hard to tell apart from
Amethyst, but a simple hardness test will reveal which is which. Fluorite
is much softer than Amethyst, being only a 4.0 on the Mohs Scale.
variable, but most common being purples, blues, greens, pinks, yellows and
colorless. Many specimens are multi-colored.
transparent to translucent.
4/m bar 3 2/m
cubic crystals, but also octahedron as well as other isometric habits. Twinning
may occur, producing penetration twins that appear as two cubes
in 4 directions forming octahedrons.
Often fluoresces blue,
although sometimes green, red, or violet may be thermoluminescent,
phosphorescent or triboluminescent.
England, Germany, Mexico,
U.S., Canada, China.
Best Field Indicators:
Cubic crystals, cleavage,
a flux in iron smelting; optical lenses; source of fluoride; hydrofluoric acid;
jewelry; mineral specimens.
Myth & Lore:
According to folklore,
Fluorite was once thought to be the "home of the rainbow" due to
the crystal's wide range of colors which many times grow intermingled or
side by side. Throughout ancient history, it has been carved into
statues, decorative art, amulets and talismans in many locales around the
globe. The early Egyptians were known to carve scarabs from the stone
along with using colorful specimens in many of their deity statues.
The Chinese have been carving Fluorite for over 300 years. And, likened to Amethyst,
the ancient Romans believed that a drinking vessel made of Fluorite would also
prevent a person from getting drunk. Roman scholar and
naturalist, Pliny (known as "The Elder"), thought Fluorite a very
precious stone, as was witnessed in the valuable vase Augustus took from
Alexandria. Six other vases of Fluorite were taken from Mithridates'
treasures and brought to the temple of Jupiter.
In matters of health, in the
18th century, a mixture of water and powdered Fluorite was used to alleviate the
symptoms of kidney disease. Today it is most often used metaphysically to
enhance and clarify thought processes, and also as a protection stone.
Fluorite may require regular cleansing and is best recharged by wind or water, preferably outside on a clear breezy day or in a clear running stream or brook.
Metaphysical Properties of Fluorite:
Pisces and Capricorn.
Element's: Air and Water
Chakras: Any, depending
on the color of Fluorite specimen.
Clears the mind and aura.
Heightens mental acumen.
(good to have during Mercury Retrograde).
Assists in meditation.
Helps release negative
Offers new awareness.
Brings order to chaos.
Protects from psychic
Helps clear potentially
harmful waves from computer and electronic areas.
Aids in cleansing
*Gives physical aid in
treating: Infections; DNA, RNA and cell damage; Bone and tooth problems;
Eye, ear, nose and throat problems; Intestinal problems; Disorganized thought or
Attention Deficit Disorder.
Stone therapy should NOT take the place of medical evaluation and
procedures, and should be used merely to enhance one's health and well-being.
My own thoughts and experiences:
Just as the meaning of its
name denotes, Fluorite helps me to find 'the flow' and then to go with it.
When you recognize the flow that this stone helps bring to fruition,
though, it tends to hold a very discerning and precise purpose. By being a
stone that helps one to know and to speak the truth, I've
found it is also very good at bringing order to chaos (especially
chaotic thought) and is extraordinary in helping with concentration
Depending on Fluorite's
color, it can be used for many things...anywhere from helping in matters of the
heart or with healing (pinks and greens), to intuitive and
loftier ventures (blues and purples), to clarity and a renewed sense of joy
(yellows to clear).
My favorites Fluorites
are the banded or intermingled varieties, especially those containing
the combination of light green and purple. I find the green very
useful for clearing any negativity (within or without), and its soft,
rejuvenating color opens the heart to accept a more positive and
refreshing view (much like how Aquamarine works in this area). The purple,
of course, is majestic and very spiritual, and helps move and retain both
your thoughts and heart into the higher realms of Higher Self.
Fluorite also feels very
protective. It is said that it will help shield you from negativity
or psychic attack, if you are predisposed to accept those sort of things.
Personally, and for the most part I don't accept them, but still I'm able to
feel Fluorite's power to be able to shield and negate. Fluorite is also
good for clarity in any form and will let you know what is in the offing.
So when you have that fuzzy feeling, or a feeling that something is just not
right but you can't quite put your finger on it...or when you feel someone or
something may be attempting to interfere with your well-being (whether
intentional or not), Fluorite will help nip those things in the bud.
It manages to do this by sparking your intuition...by clarifying your
thoughts sans emotional befuddlement while enhancing your
receptivity...and by helping to enable you to embrace the truth of a matter,
which in turn allows you to banish the chaos or to mirror back any intrusions.
This absolutely beautiful banded stone makes way for a more stable, aware, and impartial view... all of which will help you know and flow with greater ease toward your goals.
"Love Is In the
Earth" ~ Melody
© 2006 Patricia J. Martin
Best wishes and Blessed Be
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