Fluorite Facts

Fluorite Facts
Fluorite, also called fluorspar, is a mineral made up of calcium and fluoride or calcium fluoride. It can come in every single color on the color spectrum. Fluorite dates back at least to the 1500s and has many industrial uses. Its crystals are cubic shaped.
Interesting Fluorite Facts:
Pure fluorite is colorless. When fluorite is colored it is because of various impurities.
Fluorite is used to lower the melting point of metal during the production of aluminum.
Fluorite glows when it is exposed to UV light.
Although fluorite can be seen in virtually all the primary colors, it is mostly commonly found in yellow, green, blue, or purple.
Some fluorite is ceramic-like and is therefore used to make cookware.
Fluorite is used during jewelry making especially with beads.
Microscope manufacturers use fluorite in the production of its lenses.
Naturally occurring fluorine gas was recently discovered near fluorite mines in Germany.
Some fluorite has a multicolored or banded appearance.
Fluorite serves as the best source for elemental fluorine.
Sometimes the impurities of colored fluorite can be fixed changing it back to pure, colorless fluorite.
Because of its soft texture, fluorite is used in carving.
The word fluorite originates from the Latin word fluere which means "to flow".
Fluorite is commonly transparent.
Fluorite is often found in limestone.

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