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Fluorite

Fluorite

Fluorite gems are popular for their great variety of candy-colored pastels, most commonly pale green, purple, yellow, orange, blue, pink and colorless. Fluorite is usually transparent to semi-transparent and color zoning is common. In general, fluorite is too soft and fragile to be used in most jewelry, but is often faceted with fancy cuts in large sizes as collector stones. Fluorite is a widely occurring mineral and gem quality specimens are found in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Mexico, England, Canada, Kenya, Korea, Pakistan, China, the United States, etc. These are the first fluorite gemstones from Pakistan to be accessioned into the National Gem Collection.

Fluorite

Fluorite

Fluorite gems are popular for their great variety of candy-colored pastels, most commonly pale green, purple, yellow, orange, blue, pink and colorless. Fluorite is usually transparent to semi-transparent and color zoning is common. In general, fluorite is too soft and fragile to be used in most jewelry, but is often faceted with fancy cuts in large sizes as collector stones. Fluorite is a widely occurring mineral and gem quality specimens are found in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Mexico, England, Canada, Kenya, Korea, Pakistan, China, Tanzania, and the United States. This 40.01ct fluorite is from a recent find in Tanzania. The intense yellow color makes it a rare and important addition to the National Gem Collection.

Fluorite Gems

Fluorite Gems

The great variety of cutting styles exhibited by these fluorite gems is a consequence of many factors, such as the size, shape, and depth of color of the original rough, the ultimate planned use of the gem, and the skill and whim of the gem cutter. Fluorite gems are popular for their great variety of candy-colored pastels, but they are too soft and fragile to be used in most jewelry. This selection of fluorite gems are from the United States, Switzerland, Spain, Korea, South Africa, Namibia, England, Colombia, and Tanzania, ranging in size from 24 to 900 carats.


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