Flourite, also called Fluorspar, is a crystal composed of Calcium Fluoride. It naturally occurs in a Cubic or Octahedron structure, making Fluorite a beautiful and interesting gem before it is even cut. It comes in a every colour of the rainbow, and also appears Colourless to an almost-Black. The colour depends on what other elements are present within the Calcium Fluoride crystal structure. However, colour in Fluorite is usually zonal, banded, or spotty–it is very rare to find a gem which is the same shade and colour all throughout. Colourless Fluorite, in the Octahedral formation, is very similarly shaped to a raw Diamond crystal. Both exhibit perfect cleavage. So much so, that the earliest “cutters” of Diamonds were trained on Fluorite as the first step of their training.
Fluorite is found in Germany and England. It is a very soft collector’s gem, easily damaged and soluble in moisture. Hence, it is rarely used and modestly priced.
Not surprisingly, it was considered good for you teeth and bones to keep a Fluorite crystal on a thong around your neck and to allow babies, children and people with bad teeth to suck on it. A good case of folklore legend preceding medicine. Fluoride is well-known as a component in toothpaste and a mineral added to drinking water to strengthen the enamel on teeth.
Though we do not regularly keep any finished jewellery with Fluorite set in it, we do have some beautiful polished fluorite crystals available to set in your own custom designs or to add to your personal collection. Please come in when you are looking for something unusual.