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Julie's Friday Crystal Ball 1 February 2019

Hi there dear Empaness supporters and gemstone jewellery fanatics

I’ve decided to call my blog “Julie’s Friday Crystal Ball”. Corny I know, but I do intend to publish it regularly on Fridays. It has  been a busy past week for me but more about that later. This week’s gemstone is Fluorite - I use this knockout gemstone often in my pieces.

 

Gemstone musings  

I CURRENTLY HAVE THESE GREEN, and PURPLE Fluorite GEMSTONES

I currently have these green and purple fluorite gemstones

Fluorite 

I first used Fluorite fifteen years ago. I have made many necklaces, bracelets and earrings using this beautiful stone. Purple, green, blue, yellow, brown and combinations of these colours. Crystal Gardens near Mullumbimby, Northern NSW used to (and probably still do ) have great examples of Fluorite crystals on display.  Their website also has a great blog on crystals that is well worth reading.

https://www.crystalcastle.com.au

The name Fluorite comes from the Latin word flux which means flow. 

Crystals can present is many forms: Fluorite pyramids, Fluorite points, Fluorite eggs, Fluorite slices, Fluorite cluster and some beautiful Fluorite hearts.

 

Physical Properties of Fluorite:

Lets dive into the physical properties of Fluorite (courtesy of Wikipedia):

Fluorite is the mineral form of calcium fluoride, CaF2. It belongs to the halide minerals

The Mohs scale of mineral hardness, based on scratch hardness comparison, defines value 4 as Fluorite.

Fluorite is a colourful mineral, both in visible and ultraviolet light, and the stone has ornamental and lapidary uses. 

In 1852, fluorite gave its name to the phenomenon of fluorescence, which is prominent in fluorites from certain locations, due to certain impurities in the crystal. Fluorite also gave the name to its constitutive element fluorine.[2]

Fluorite crystallises in a cubic motif. Crystal twinning is common and adds complexity to the observed crystal habits. Fluorite has four perfect cleavage planes that help produce octahedral fragments.

Element substitution for the calcium cation often includes certain rare earth elements (REE), such as yttrium and cerium. Iron, sodium, and barium are also common impurities. Some fluorine may be replaced by the chloride anion.

Fluorite is allochromatic, meaning that it can be tinted with elemental impurities. Fluorite comes in a wide range of colours and has consequently been dubbed "the most colourful mineral in the world". Every colour of the rainbow in various shades are represented by fluorite samples, along with white, black, and clear crystals. The most common colours are purple, blue, green, yellow, or colourless. Less common are pink, red, white, brown, and black. Colour zoning or banding is commonly present. The colour of the fluorite is determined by factors including impurities, exposure to radiation, and the absence or voids of the color centers."

 

The largest deposits of fluorite are found in South Africa, China, and Mexico.

 

Metaphysical musings and uses of Fluorite:

It has been know through the ages that minerals, gems and metals have a profound effect on the human body. Although the exact mechanism for this is not clearly understood, we do know that the human body is made up of energy fields. 

Crystal interaction with these electromagnetic fields could be the reason why people experience better emotional, physical and mental health after using specific crystals and gemstones.

Many people have reported a gentle vibration or soothing feeling whilst holding or even just having a fluorite crystal nearby.

 

Others have noticed fluorite promotes deep relaxation, better sleep patterns and improved overall energy levels after getting Fluorite in their homes. It is claimed that Fluorite protects and helps with focus and concentration.

Fluorite is also commonly used to remove negative energy and absorb negative energies in their homes or work environment. It is useful to place it between a computer (or other source of electromagnetic radiation)  and yourself.  It is also commonly worn at earlobes.

Quoting Judy Hall, from her Crystal Bible guide, one of the worlds metaphysical classics on crystals:

“Fluorite is highly protective, especially on a psychic level. The stone cleanses and stabilises the aura. It is extremely effective against computer and electromagnetic stress.

Psychologically, Fluorite dissolves fixed patterns of behaviour and gently opens the door to the subconscious, bringing suppressed feelings to the surface for resolution. It increases self-confidence and dexterity”

Fluorite is an excellent learning aid - it increases concentration and helps you absorb new information and promotes quick thinking.

Emotionally, Fluorite has a stabilising effect. It reaches the importance of balance. Physically, Fluorite assists balance and coordination.

Fluorite is a powerful healing tool, dealing with infections and disorders. It is powerful against viruses, especially as an elixir. It is beneficial for cold, flu  and sinusitis.”

 

Green and Purple Fluorite - Rainbow Fluorite

 At the moment, I have some lovely pieces made with Fluorite in stock, an energising green Fluorite pendant, wonderful carved purple and green Fluorite earrings - some mixed with purple Amethyst and sterling silver beads. And my favourite is when I use mixed colours of Fluorite in these sets I have made - a pendant, earrings and a bracelet.

 

 handcrafted fluorite and amethyst earrings

 

Handcrafted fluorite and amethyst gemstone sterling silver drop earrings

handcrafted fluorite sterling silver pendant on sterling silver snake chain 

Handcrafted fluorite sterling silver pendant on sterling silver snake chain

Green and purple fluorite are very popular due to their properties and energies. They can be deeply coloured and have large beautiful crystals.

If contaminants are present, the stone sometimes shows banded colours along with grading in the colouration.

 From Judy Hall’s book again:

 “Green Fluorite grounds excess energy, disputes emotional trauma, and clears infections. It is particularly effective at adsorbing negative energies within the environment. It brings information up from the subconscious mind and accesses intuition. It is an effective auric, chakra and mental cleanser, dissipating obsolete conditioning. It relieves stomach disorders and cramp in the intestines.

 Violet and Purple Fluorite stimulates the third eye and is an excellent meditation stone. It is useful in the treatment of bone and marrow disorders.” 

From www.healingcrystals.com:

 Known as a gentle healer, Green Fluorite will detoxify and energize all of the chakras, especially when placed on the Heart or Throat chakra. It allows us to heal from heart based issues, whether emotional or physical. It enhances intuition and brings order out of chaos.

 Purple Fluorite is a wonderful crystal to have on hand when you need to come up with new ideas; are brainstorming; have writer’s block, or need to get out of a mental rut. Purple Fluorite is excellent at increasing one’s mental capacities and inspiring creativity.

When placed on the Crown or Third Eye chakras, Purple Fluorite can enhance communication with spirit guides, angels and nature spirits. “

 

 This week’s news from Julie’s craft bench:

 

It’s been a productive week - finishing off over 30 pieces that I have been working on since Christmas. And then taking photos of these (which challenges me but learning all the time I feel) to post on our shop, Facebook and Instagram.

The best part of my work is the creative part and these energising pieces of Fluorite have been wonderful to work with.

 

Fluorite collection

My new Fluorite collection - all pieces available individually on Empaness.com.au

 

All my new items have been loaded onto empaness.com.au and are available to purchase. The great news is - wait for it - that I’m having a celebratory sale !!!  20% off for ten days starting yesterday.

The 30 or so new pieces are included of course: Black Onyx, Snowflake Obsidian, Lapis Lazuli, Freshwater Pearls, Red Jasper and so many more - earrings, bracelets and pendants. 

 

Thats it for me now have a great weekend everyone and stay safe.

 

And here is a photo from my walk on Coolangatta beach yesterday morning - I wore my gemstone anklet, as it can go in the sea. I’ve had it for fifteen years and restrung it once.

 

Coolangatta/ Kirra beach

Coolangatta/ Kirra Beach

 

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