Fluorite – The Ultimate Multi-Tasking Gemstone

Fluorite
The Meta-Science of Resonance forms the bridge between Metaphysics and Science.

Meta-Science Properties:
Fluorite is a highly structured crystal that imparts its balanced resonance of symmetry and order to the energies / people / crystals around it. Fluorite’s crystalline Hexoctahedral structure is the most symmetrical geometric solid possible in three dimensional space.

 “The Gemstone of Discernment”, Fluorite  is a powerful crystal for producing order and stabilization in all the realms of be-ing. It heightens both logical and intuitive abilities, and the presence / awareness of higher realms and realities.

It offers impartiality and unbiased reasoning, and allows the wielder to use their powers of intuition and intelligence in a balanced and discerning way. Fluorite enhances concentration and allows one to cut through illusion to see to the truth of the matter.

Fluorite is a multi-dimensional gemstone. It advances the highest aspect of the mind, that which is attuned to the I AM. Fluorite balances the positive and negative aspects of the mind / ego, allowing one to experience inner peace and quicken ones spiritual awakening.

A powerful healer and protector, Fluorite brings order to both chaos and disorganization not only in ones environment, but also the physical, emotional and mental bodies as well as the energy / chakra  / merkabah meridians and vortices’s.

Fluorite constitutes in its crystalline matrix both the cube and the octahedron.  Together, these two sacred geometrical solids form the basis of the vector equilibrium, a shape said to resonate with the Divine infinite.

The name Fluorite comes from the Latin word for flux, which refers to a substance that promotes flowing and combining of other materials, especially minerals and metals. And in fact the mineral fluorite is used as a flux in making steel and other metals that require the removal of impurities.

It is this very property of Fluorite,  raising ones impurities to the surface, the combining of all that we are, of flowing in infinite now, in balance and harmony, that makes it worth its weight in gold.

Metaphysical Properties:
Fluorite is highly protective stone, especially on the psychic level. It protects psychically and in the physical realm. It helps you discern when outside influences are at work within yourself and shuts off psychic manipulation and undue mental influence. Fluorite helps to ground excessive energy, particularly mental, emotional and nervous energy.

This gemstone cleanses and stabilizes the aura. Fluorite draws off negative energies and stress of all kinds. It cleanses, purifies, dispels and reorganizes anything within the body and environment that is not in perfect order. Fluorite is known to rid the aura of cording (unwanted attached energy lines from other people).

Fluorite aids mental clarity, increases the life force and balances both hemispheres of the brain. It increases the ability to concentrate, balancing the positive and negative relationships of the mind. It helps one to see both reality and truth behind illusion. It can help get rid of mental blocks and similar mental issues.

Fluorite can help you maintain an unbiased impartiality when decisions need to be made by reducing your emotional involvement in a situation. Sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees. Fluorite lets you take a step back and see better.  It clears the fog of illusion and brings order to chaos thus clearing the path for new things.

Fluorite strengthens the users analytical abilities and ability to concentrate. Excellent for advancement of mental powers, greater concentration and meditation. It helps one to grasp higher, more abstract concepts. A terrific stone for college students, and researchers who need to analyze data and reach conclusions.

Innovative and inventive, it is a highly effective “brain” stone, allowing you to use your creativity to build wealth. Fluorite attracts wealth, abundance and  promotes self-confidence. An excellent learning aid for students of all ages, it helps you absorb new information and promotes quick thinking. Fluorite is the ideal stone to keep at your work or study desk… Genius stone – Protection stone – Success stone.

Fluorite is said to absorb and neutralize negative vibrations. This is the best crystal to use to overcome any form of disorganization. It negates disorganization, disruptive behavior, desperations, depressions, and anger. Fluorite is used to purify and detoxify both the spirit and places. It is often recommended to be placed around computers and the workplace to reduce stress and relieve negative forces.

Fluorite enables one to understand relationships from a more objective point of view. An excellent stone for relationships and friendships, it helps people to work together in harmony. It also provides a balanced and stabilizing energy, helping relationships, groups and individuals to flourish in a way that is beneficial to all.

Fluorite grounds and integrates spiritual energies, makes you more aware of higher spiritual realities and can quicken spiritual awakening. It promotes spiritual and psychic wholeness and development, truth, protection, and brings peace.  It helps one learn to go past the “chatter” that our minds tend to generate when first learning new modes of be-ing.

Fluorite aids in accessing other realms of knowledge as well. It is excellent for connecting with the Akashic records to review past life experiences. Fluorite can be used to make one more receptive to the vibrations of other stones. It is particularly helpful in aiding inter-dimensional communications, particularly with Nature Spirits, Faeries, Elves and other Fae folk.

Additional Color Attributes

Blue FluoriteBlue – the color of communication.
Blue Fluorite emits a calm energy that allows you to easily direct its energies towards your intended application. The Accountants and Analysts Stone, it helps develop orderly, sequential thoughts and actions.

Blue Fluorite stimulates clear, concise communicative skills and enhances creative, orderly thought. It helps with communication here in the physical as well as between this plane and other worlds.

A dual-action stone, it calms or revitalizes energy as needed for the physical, biomagnetic and light bodies, promoting peace, mental calmness and serenity.

Blue Fluorite amplifies your healing potential by tightly focusing brain / thought activity, and can invoke spiritual awakening.

Clear FluoriteClear / White – the color of Universal knowledge.
Clear / White Fluorite stimulates the crown chakra, energizes the aura, and harmonizes the intellect with the spirit. It aligns all chakras, bringing universal energy into the physical body. This gemstone enhances the effect of other crystals during healing and can clear obscured vision.

Clear / White Fluorite represents the merging of the individual with Universal Spirit. It builds purity of spirit and helps to clarify those aspects of ourselves / ego that no longer serves our higher good.

Clear / White Fluorite clears the way for new things to appear. It cleanses the auric bodies, uplifting the spirit. A balanced objectivity is set as the foundation of ones life path.

Green FluoriteGreen -  the color of growth and healing.
Green Fluorite is healing on all levels, grounds excess energy, dissipates emotional trauma, and is very effective in absorbing negative energies. It is an excellent auric, chakra, and mental cleanser, dissipating obsolete conditioning and habits.

Green Fluorite allows one to mentally grasp heart based issues and in Universal love begin to heal them. It brings information up from the subconscious mind and assists ones intuition to understand. 

Green Fluorite is very calming, but at the same time it gives us the courage needed to expand our ideas and awareness. Use this gemstone as a bridge to allow personal growth to happen.

Yellow FluoriteYellow -  the color of understanding.
Yellow Fluorite enhances creativity, supports intellectual pursuits and activities, and is particularly helpful for cooperative endeavors. Especially good at stabilizing group energy, uniting groups, removing negativity from the room, and helping all to work toward the common good.

Yellow Fluorite’s energy is great for helping us express our creativity. It aids us in our mental or intellectual arenas, sharpening our mind and helping us to be decisive. It can also be used to sharpen the mind when we can’t quite focus on the task at hand.

Yellow Fluorite assists us in seeing the true nature of the Universe, and everything that exists.

Rainbow FluoriteChinese Rainbow – symbol of harmony.
Rainbow Fluorite brings order to chaos. This variety exhibits 3 distinct color rays, violet, green and blue. Rainbow Fluorite symbolizes the purity and harmony of the universe. It helps clarify one’s thoughts / emotions to aid in objective decision making.

Being that this gemstone is three colors, it will help you to heal on three levels; spiritual, emotional, and mental.  Whatever your issues are, Rainbow Fluorite will help you to become mentally aware and then begin to help you work through the processes necessary for complete healing.

Rainbow Fluorite is also a highly protective gemstone.  It dissipates negative energy, balances excessive energy, and promotes cooperation among groups and individuals.  It promotes friendship and understanding, while lending structural support on all levels.

Rainbow Fluorite harmonizes the 3 rays of color energy, and may even contain clear / white sections. This synergy creates a very high vibrational gemstone, and its use is only limited by your imagination.

Be sure to read the descriptions of the individual colors listed, violet, green, blue and clear / white,  as they each have additional properties.

Purple FluoriteViolet / Purple -  the color of higher awareness.
Violet / Purple Fluorite aids the ability to meditate, increases psychic development and brings spiritual peace and wholeness. It stimulates the third eye and imparts common sense to psychic communication.

Violet / Purple Fluorite increases spiritual balance, mystic visions, and expressions of the spirit. For some, it will help them to begin accessing information to further their spiritual development. This gemstone is more than a ‘mental’ stone, as it also radiates energy throughout the light body.

Violet / Purple fluorite is very good for channeling archangels or other beings from a high spiritual realm. A tool of self-transformation, Violet / Purple Fluorite has the capacity to bring about transformation by transmuting the negative elements within ourselves. It has the unique ability to transform fear into courage, anxiety into peace and hatred into love.

Violet / Purple Fluorite also carries the essence and vibrational resonance of the Violet Flame. The violet flame (also called the violet fire) is a unique spiritual energy that can help you in all areas of your life. It can heal emotional and physical problems, improve your relationships, help you to grow spiritually, or just make life easier.

To read more on The Violet Flame (click here).

Yttrium FluoriteLavender / Yttrium – bridge to the Divine.
Yttrium Fluorite is an unusual, rare and beautiful form of lavender Fluorite from Mexico. It is unusual in the fact that it does not cleave as other varieties of Fluorite and is extremely dense.

Fluorite is known for being a mental body stone, but Yttrium is very different in the fact that it is attached to the physical world. While this may seem an unusual property for a mentally orientated mineral, it does serve an important function.

Many people are too mentally oriented, they are thinkers, philosophers and dreamers who lack the discipline or grounded-ness to bring their ideas into reality. Yttrium Fluorite assists in grounding the ideas of these thinkers by manifesting those plans–making things happen.

Another way the energies of this stone maybe utilized is by bringing down mental concepts to a level more readily understood by the average person. Minerals such as Selenite give us access into higher wisdom, Calcite can bridge the gap between that reality and our own, but a mineral such as Yttrium Fluorite will bring that information down through the physical plane to a level more easily understood.

Banded FluoriteBanded – see individual color descriptions.

Cube and Octahedron – The Sacred Geometrical Structure of Fluorite

Geometry translates as “measure of the earth”. Sacred geometry is an exploration of certain special relationships, or ratios, which are fundamental to the unfolding and enfolding of matter in space and time. These magical proportions are present in all manifest life, on micro, human and macro-cosmic scales.

The Platonic Solids are five very special forms (many-sided or polyhedron) distinguished from all others by their perfection of internal balance and harmony. To contemplate these forms attunes the mind to the plane of eternal harmony known as “the music of the spheres” which is present behind the tumultuous surface of Maya we experience as the everyday world. Connecting with the energy of this plane strengthens the balancing force in planetary / universal consciousness.

Fluorite CubeCube
Fluorite in the cube formation is very good for grounding and manifesting in the four directions (the physical plane). It aids in clarifying one’s purpose. The Cube is associated with the element of Earth and corresponds to the Root Chakra. The Cube sits flat, firmly rooted to its spot. Meditating on this shape will assist in grounding your energy, regaining focus, removing tensions and easing physical stresses. It will reconnect your energies to that of the Earth and Nature.

Fluorite OctahedronOctahedron
Octahedral Fluorite is used to help us dissolve mental blocks, narrow mindedness, and thought constricting patterns. The Octahedron represents the element of Air and is linked to the Heart Chakra, which is the center for love and compassion. This center includes the healing and nurturing aspects within, which allow that sacred, safe space in which to find acceptance and forgiveness. The self-reflecting shape of the Octahedron moves into a higher vibration of reflection, compassion and healing. Through working with the Octahedron, we attune to the more spiritual nature of self and in effect begin to understand our true nature.

Geology
The name fluorite comes from the Latin words fluo or fluere, meaning “to flow,” because fluorite melts easily and is used as flux in the manufacture and refining of steel, aluminum, and lead. Formerly called fluorspar, usually translucent fluorite comes in shades of white, brown, blue, yellow, purple, red, colorless, and green.

Chemically, it is calcium fluoride, CaF2. Its crystals, commonly cubic, are transparent or translucent and under certain conditions exhibit fluorescence. The mineral also occurs in granular and massive forms.

Fluorite is found in various parts of the world, especially in England, Germany, Mexico, and in Kentucky and Illinois in the United States. Its chief use is as a flux in metallurgy, but it is also employed in the preparation of hydrofluoric acid, fluoride in water and toothpaste, fluorine gas, and in the manufacture of opal glass and enamel. Some of its colorless crystals are used for making lenses and prisms.

The word fluorescent was derived from fluorite since specimens of fluorite were some of the first fluorescent examples ever studied. Fluorite is so strongly fluorescent that it is the root of the word “fluoresce.” The naming followed the naming precedence set by opalescence from opal; ergo fluorescence from fluorite. 

Fluorite Blue Fluoresence
Typically it fluoresces blue but other fluorescent colors include yellow, green, red, white and purple. Some specimens have the added effect of simultaneously having a different color under longwave UV light from its color under shortwave UV light.

Fluorite has several different crystal habits (shapes) that always produce well formed, good, clean crystals. The cube is by far the most recognized habit of fluorite followed by the octahedron which is believed to form at higher temperatures than the cube.

A rarer habit variety is the twelve sided dodecahedron however it is never seen by itself and usually modifies the cubic crystals by replacing the edges of the cube with one flat face of a dodecahedron.

The tetrahexahedron is a twenty four sided habit that is also seen modifying the cubic habit. But instead of one face replacing each cubic edge, two faces modify the cube’s edges.

Occasionally combinations of a cube, dodecahedron and tetrahexahedron are seen producing an overall cubic crystal with no less that three minor parallel faces replacing each cubic edge.

A fifth form is the hexoctahedron which modifies the cube by placing six very minor faces at each corner of the cube.

Twinning is also common in fluorite and symmetrical penetration twins, especially from Cumberland England are much sought after by collectors.

Fluorite’s crystalline Hexoctahedral structure
Within the isometric system, the Hexoctahedral Fluorite is one of the most symmetrical structures possible in three dimensional space. The word, isometric, means “same measure”, an allusion to the equal three dimensional structure.

“Cubic System” is a synonym for the isometric system and is due to the cubic nature of the crystallographic structure as well as the most common isometric form, the cube. The most symmetrical class of all is the Hexoctahedral Class.

The three identical crystallographic axes serve as four fold rotational axes with a square outline when viewed down each axis. However the principle and defining axes for the isometric system are the 4 three fold axes. They dissect the three crystallographic axes and are essentially the 4 diagonal lines through a cube.

If you picture a transparent cube, then draw lines from each corner, through the middle to the other corner, then you will end up with 4 lines that represent the 4 three fold axes. The three fold rotational axes can be see on a cube as the axes through the three top faces and the three bottom faces, when the cube is held from corner to opposite corner.

The octahedron shows the three fold rotations better than the cube with its triangular faces that are perpendicular to the three fold axes. The four fold rotations though are not as easy to see on the octahedron, but a square cross-section can be seen when viewed down the points of the octahedron. The other forms of the hexoctahedral class all demonstrate these symmetry elements including the 6 two fold axes and 9 mirror planes.

History
Fluorites use goes back thousands of years. It has been carved into figurines, Gods and Goddesses, guides, totems and animals as well as bowls, cups, dishes and vases.  It’s beauty as well as the properties ascribed to it made Fluorite a natural choice in jewelry and amulets. Due to its Mohs hardness of 4, only a few pieces have survived from antiquity. 

What we do know is that Fluorite has been highly prized and valued by the Egyptians, Romans, Celts, Britons, French, Germans, Chinese,  American Indians and others.  Where ever it was mined,  Fluorite commanded its weight in gold.

The ancient Egyptians used fluorite in statues of the Gods and in carving scarabs. The Chinese have used it in carvings from ancient times.  A fluorite carving from the Mississippi Mound builders era, dating between 900 and 1650 A.D.,  was discovered by archaeologists in a burial pit in Illinois near the Ohio River.

There are many mentions of fluorite in ancient Roman texts. Pliny the Elder, the ancient Roman naturalist of Greek origin wrote of fluorite in 77 A.D. in his encyclopedia of natural history. Pliny describes fluorite as one of the world’s most precious gemstones, and describes its healing and magical properties. In the ancient world many believed that fluorite was crystallized light, and as such, could bring light into the brain (enlightenment).

Among the many gem-related facts that modern gemology has been able to learn from Pliny the Elder is the record of young Roman Emperor Nero’s $240,000 (in modern figures) purchase of a fine fluorite sometime in the first century A.D.

Ancient Roman sources also relate other mentions of fluorite, including a valuable vase taken by the Roman Emperor Augustus from the Pharaoh’s palace in Alexandria, Egypt. Roman sources also include an earlier incident where Julius Caesar’s predecessor “Pompey the Great” took 6 fluorite vases from Mithridates’ treasure and installed them in the temple of Jupiter.

There are also descriptions in roman literature attesting to the “fact” that drinking alcoholic beverages from vessels carved of fluorite kept the drinker from getting drunk. Recently archaeologists have uncovered artifacts of carved fluorite found  in the ruins of Pompeii.

One of the oldest and most famous deposits of fluorite in the world is the Blue John Cavern in Derbyshire, England, which produces a purplish-blue fluorite known as Blue John. Since Roman times, and more than likely prior to that,  Blue John or Derbyshire spar has been used for making vases and other ornamental objects and jewelry.

The name is popularly said to come from the French; bleu-jaune, meaning ‘blue-yellow’, so named because of the characteristic yellow banding among the purplish-blue in this unique fluorite. It is a fact that some Blue John was indeed sent to France for gilding by the French Ormolu workers of the Louis XVI period. However, they were emulating the pioneering ormolu ornaments of Matthew Boulton of Birmingham who around 1765 called the stone ‘Blew John’.

Current Uses

Industrial
There are three principal types of industrial use for fluorite, corresponding to different grades of purity.

Metallurgical grade fluorite, the lowest of the three grades, has traditionally been used as a flux to lower the melting point of raw materials in steel production to aid the removal of impurities, and later in the production of aluminum.

Ceramic (intermediate) grade fluorite is used in the manufacture of opalescent glass, enamels and cooking utensils. Fluorite also has ornamental and lapidary uses. Fluorite may be drilled into beads and used in jewelry, although due to its relative softness it is not widely used as a semiprecious stone.

The highest grade, acid grade fluorite, is used to make hydrofluoric acid by decomposing the fluorite with sulfuric acid. Hydrofluoric acid is the primary feedstock for the manufacture of virtually all organic and inorganic fluorine-containing compounds, including fluoropolymers and perfluorocarbons, and is also used to etch glass.

Optical
Fluorite is used instead of glass in some high performance telescopes and camera lens elements. Exposure tools for the semiconductor industry make use of fluorite optical elements for ultraviolet light at 157 nm wavelength. Fluorite has a uniquely high transparency at this wavelength.

Fluorite has a very low dispersion so lenses made from it exhibit less chromatic aberration than those made of ordinary glass. In telescopes it allows crisp images of astronomical objects even at high power.

Canon Inc. produces synthetic fluorite crystals that are used in their more expensive telephoto lenses. Nikon has previously manufactured at least one all-fluorite element camera lens (105 mm f/4.5 UV) for the production of ultraviolet images.

Fluorite objective lenses are manufactured by the larger microscope firms (Nikon, Olympus, Carl Zeiss and Leica) due to their strong hexagonal crystal structure most notable for evenly refracting light. Their transparency to ultraviolet light enables them to be used for fluorescence microscopy. The fluorite also serves to correct optical aberrations in these lenses.

© Mark Naea, Life’s Treasures Kauai 2009, no reproduction without written consent.