Fluorite is a calcium fluoride mineral belonging to the halides class of minerals.
It occurs in hydrothermal veins, often in association with minerals such as Quartz, Calcite and Barite.
The origin of the word fluorite comes from the use of fluorite as a flux in steel and aluminum processing. It was originally referred to as fluorspar by miners and is still called that today.
The word fluorescent was derived from fluorite since specimens of fluorite were some of the first fluorescent specimens ever studied. Fluorite is well known and prized for its glassy luster and rich variety of colours.
Most specimens of fluorite have a single colour, but a significant percentage of fluorites have multiple colours and the colours are arranged in bands that correspond to the shape of the crystals. In other words, the typical habit of fluorite is a cube and the colour zones are often in a cubic arrangement. The effect is similar to phantomed crystals, that appear to have crystals within crystals that are of differing colours. A fluorite crystal could have a clear outer zone allowing a cube of purple fluorite to be seen inside. Sometimes the less common habits such as a coloured octahedron are seen inside of a colorless cube. One crystal of fluorite could potentially have four or five different colour zones or bands.
Fluorite is very effective when place near electronic equipment in dispersing the electromagnetic waves.
It brings stability to groups by linking them to a common purpose.
Fluorite will help you incorporate structure into your daily life.
Blue fluorite is effective for the eyes, nose, ears and throat.