Tuesday, June 19

Mineral Mondays!

(Sorry for the late post today. I've been a bit under the weather. :( )

Without further ado I give you....


Fluorite is one of my favorites! The color tonations and the way it catches the light make it beautiful to behold and work with. I design and fabricate jewelry and Fluorite is a stone I find myself coming back to again and again.
System:IsometricColour:Purple, lilac, ...
Lustre:Vitreous, DullHardness:4
Member of:Fluorite Group
Name:From the Latin, fluere = "to flow" (for its use as a flux in the melting of metal ores). The term fluorescence is derived from fluorite, which will often markedly exhibit this effect. The element fluorine also derives its name from fluorite, a major source for the element.

Fluorite Group: Fluorite is found as a common gangue mineral in hydrothermal veins, especially those containing lead and zinc minerals. It is also found in some greisens, granites, pegmatites and high-temperature veins, and as a component of some marbles and other metamorphic rocks.



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