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page 15 of the online mineral museum: fun with fluorite

2010-12-30 - 9:47 a.m.

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Peachfront's Note: I already discussed the large purple Fluorite crystal that I keep as a writer's crystal. Now, for the rest of the collection...

Ah, Fluorite. A beautiful and inexpensive stone, a little too soft for jewelry, but wonderful for carvings and cabinet collections. Also, one of those words that I just can't "see" how it's supposed to be spelled, so I'm confident that you will find it spelled wrong from time to time within the pages of Peachfront Speaks. Just enjoy the beauty of the stone and use a dictionary if you need to check the actual spelling.

Above, we have a large carving of a Purple Fluorite Eagle. The wings are perfectly carved, so I need to take a shot from another angle sometime to show both wings in their full glory.

It was a gem show splurge in 1994 or so, and for $150 I probably paid both too little and too much -- too much because we were paying down debts at the time and too little because, well, we'd never come close to replacing it for that price. It was one of those "steals" that if you see it, you grab it, because you'll regret it forever if you don't. It has given us a lot of pleasure for a lot of years now, that's for sure. No idea of the true resale value but I doubt I would take less than $800 for it. If I would sell it at all.

I probably paid too much for this lovely polished slab below -- $50 in 1989 for green/purple/teal Chinese Fluorite. But it's a pretty one, isn't it?

I have some inexpensive unpolished slabs as well on my "to do" list.

Even if you have minimal money to spend on your collection, you probably have one of these inexpensive Fluorite spheres. The photo is slightly larger than life, as my egg is about the size of a Jumbo chicken egg. Healed fractures are to be expected in this material.

The pride of the collection is this gargantuan Yellow (with just a tinge of Purple) single Fluorite crystal.

Now that's a crystal with some heft to it. It's too heavy for me to lift, really, so I photographed the stone in place in the mineral cabinet with its little Fluorite friends all around it. To get an idea of the size, keep in mind that the small single purple crystal on the label saying, "Cave-in-Rock" is about the size of a small woman's pinky fingernail. (Heh. My pinky fingernail, to be precise.)

This is my best Fluorite cluster. If you notice a small purple pebble to one side, well, that pebble's about the size of a U.S. quarter, so that will give you a rough idea of the size.

I happen to have a couple of pieces of Fluorite cutting/carving material in the cabinet, and I'm pretty sure that I have other cuttable Fluorite around the house somewhere as well. Here's a couple of pieces, one yellow, one purple/teal.

Two tips for Fluorite: 1) If you plan to wear it in jewelry, keep in mind that it's soft and prone to cleavage, so you don't want to wear it on bracelets or rings where it might get knocked into something. If you can wear Amber without knocking the bead-jeebus out of it, then you can wear Fluorite in the same way -- beads, pendants, earrings will be the safest. 2) I've always heard it recommended as a luck stone for students and writers. It won't do your homework for you, but if its beauty attracts you back to your desk, why not?

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