Chemical Composition: CaF2
Cleavage: Perfect
Color: All colors
Crystal System: Cubic
Form/Habit: Cubic, octahedral
Fracture: Flat conchoidal
Gravity:  3.00-3.25
Hardness: 4 (Fluorite is the Moh’s scale ‘defining mineral’ for 4)
Luminescence: Blue, very strong (long wave) / Blue (short wave)
Luster: Vitreous
Streak: White
Transparency: Transparent to translucent

Where does Fluorite come from?

Fluorite Placeholder
Fluorite

Fluorite is found in many different colors worldwide.  Much of what is sold in the metaphysical industry comes from China.  Other notable deposits are in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Namibia, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States.

What is Fluorite?

Fluorite belongs to the Halide mineral family, a group of minerals which consists of metals combined with common halogen elements. The most famous member of the Halide family is Halite – better known as common table salt!  Fluorite is the second most well-known, and is found worldwide in a rainbow of bright colors.

How is Fluorite formed?

Fluorite is a “simple” Halide, which is created when a metal combines with Calcium and Fluorine in a water-soluble solution. It can be formed in primary, secondary, and even tertiary processes. It is most often found as a vein mineral running through Lead and Silver ores. It also occurs in pegmatite cavities, in sedimentary rocks, and around hot springs. Violet, green, and yellow are the most common colors, although colorless, blue,  pink, red, and black specimens are also found. In multi-colored Fluorites, each color stays in a distinct zone within the same crystal, following the contour of the crystal face.

How if Fluorite mined?

Fluorite is primarily mined alongside Silver and Lead, as a part of the rock surrounding the ores, or in Granite and Marble mines.  Fluorite is used industrially to make high-octane fuel, hydrofluoric acid, and opaque glass, as well as for refining Aluminum and Lead. Fluorite is also the source for Fluorine, used to fluoridate water and to provide the nonstick quality in Teflon pans. With its vivid colors, it would be expected to be a popular gemstone, however its softness and fragility make it less desirable for use in jewelry.

Is Fluorite natural?

All Fluorites are natural, enhanced only through cutting and polishing.