Fluorite is a wonderful crystal that is found in a huge variety of colours, from striking blues, greens, pinks and purples, to softer clear and yellow shades. Different locations around the world have very distinctive Fluorite varieties, and can be found in cubic form, octahedrons and large chunks without crystal structure visible to the naked eye. The largest ever Fluorite cube was found in Russia, it weighed 16 tonnes and was 2.12 meters wide. The ancient Egyptians and Chinese carved Fluorite into decorative objects, but generally it was too soft to be used in jewellery. The word 'fluorescent' actually comes from Fluorite, due to the fluorescent nature of many of the varieties. When Fluorite is pure, it it colourless, its the impurities in the crystal structure that gives it the wide range of colours. It is named after the Latin word for 'flow', as it melts very easily and has a wide range of industrial uses.

Alternative Names Rainbow Fluorite, Banded Fluorite
Colour White, Green, Yellow, Blue, Pink, Purple, Rainbow
Hardness 4
Crystal system Isometric
Streak White
Lustre Vitreous, Dull
Main Locations Worldwide
Chakra Crown, Third Eye, Throat, Heart, Solar Plexus, Sacral, Root
Zodiac Libra, Capricorn, Pisces
Numerology 7
Planetary Mercury
Element Air