Fluorite is a mineral composed of Calcium Fluoride. It is a beautiful gemstone with a glassy lustre and comes in a wide range of colours ranging from crystal clear, yellow, blue, purple and green. There are also rarer colours of pink, reddish orange (rose) and black. Rainbow Fluorite is so called because all of the colours can appear in bands in one single stone.
Fluorite is found worldwide, especially in Africa, Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Hungary, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Poland, South Africa, Thailand and the USA.
Care: It is a brittle stone and can easily crack or shatter if dropped or banged, and for this reason many jewellery makers do not use it for bracelets.
Traditional legends, gemstone folklore and healing properties of Fluorite
The name Fluorite is from the Latin “fluere,” which means to flow, because it melts easily.
The ancient Egyptians used Fluorite to carve statues and scarabs, and the Chinese have used it in carvings for over 300 years. Since the 18th century, a variety of fluorite known as Blue John has been mined in Derbyshire (England) and has been used for making vases, ornaments and jewellery. Blue John typically has a banded pattern of blue, violet and purple.
Fluorite is sometimes referred to as the “Genius Stone” as it is believed to improve the ability to concentrate, help in decision making and so aid learning. Particularly yellow Fluorite which is said to enhance the intellect and magnify mental powers.
Fluorite is also believed to foster truth, help calm the emotions, increase spiritual balance, and nurture wisdom. Some also believe that it neutralises negative energy and stress, encourages positivity and self-confidence, and claims to improve balance and coordination, both physically and mentally.
Healers believe that Fluorite boosts the immune system and can stimulate the regeneration of cells, particularly in the skin and respiratory tract, and has been used to help heal ulcers and wounds. Some also believe that Fluorite can strengthen bone tissue, alleviate rheumatism and improve arthritic joints, and also help in the discomfort of shingles and other nerve-related pain.