Name: Fluorite
Color(s): Fluorite occurs in a variety of colors, including colorless, green, blue, purple, magenta, pink, yellow, or a combination of several colors.
Mineral Information: Calcium Fluoride, with small amounts of yttrium and cerium
Chemical Make-up: CaF2
Hardness: 4
Where they are found: China and Mexico. Also Ontario/Canada, England, Colorado, Illinois, and Kentucky.
About Stone: Usually found as isometric cubic crystals, or massive formation. The name fluorite is from the Latin “fluere,” which means “to flow,” because it melts easily and is used as a flux in the smelting of metallic ores. Fluorite is used in the manufacture of steel and hydrofluoric acid. It is a staple in one’s stones used for determining hardness of other stones in the field, because of its rating of 4. Be mindful that fluorite is relatively soft stone, and can scratch or chip easily. Do not leave Fluorite in direct sunlight for long periods. The color will fade. Do not put fluorite under hot water.
The word “flourescent” is derived from flourite. Flourescence is the property of emitting light that has been absorbed previously–in essence, glowing. Generally minerals that are flourescent absorb ultra-violet light and then emit visible light, therefore the effect can only be seen by shining a UV light (black light) on them.
Not all flourite is flourescent. Pieces harvested side by side from the same site can respond differently to black light–the effect depends on the exact mineral makeup of each specimen.
Zodiac Association: Pisces and Capricorn
Metaphysical Properties: A highly protective and stabilizing stone, useful for grounding and harmonizing spiritual energy. It increases intuitive abilities. Fluorite heightens mental abilities and anchors intuitive insights into the physical plane, allowing mental and physical coordination. Due to its powerful ability to absorb negative energies, Fluorite should be cleared often.