Fluorite jewellery is available in an extremely wide range of colours and is considered by many gemologists to be the most colourful of all the semi precious stones. Often overlooked today this gemstone is really underrated.
What is Fluorite and where does it come from?
The name is derived from the Latin ‘fluere’ meaning ‘to flow’ as this mineral melts at a relatively low temperature. The Romans used it as flux and even today it is used in the steel and aluminium industries. More commonly it is used as a source or fluorine in the manufacture of toothpaste. Many forms of fluorite actually fluoresce or glow under ultra violet light. Bluey greens are probably the most common colour variations often seen in beautiful bands. It has a vitreous or glasslike lustre that lends itself so well to handmade jewellery. It can be found in many different countries including Australia, Brazil, Russia, India, USA and Britain with Derbyshire being a particularly important area.
Gemstone Meaning and Benefits
Fluorite is considered to be a grounding stone that brings order to chaos. It is said to improve mental coordination and learning. It brings peace and calm and is often known as the stone of responsibility. It is a very popular gem for meditation. In folklore medicine it is thought to have a powerful strengthening influence on bones and is good for controlling inflammation.
Although not recognised as a traditional birthstone fluorite is most usually associated with Pisces and Capricorn.