Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein
The only common mineral with perfect cleavage in four directions is Fluorite, also called fluorspar.
Composed of calcium and fluorine, Fluorite is a 4 on the Mohs scale of hardness, with 10 being the hardest. It’s found in China, Mexico, Canada, England, Germany, South Africa, and several other countries.
Known as the “genius stone,” Fluorite is believed to help in absorbing new information; it’s thought to stir creativity and encourage both hemispheres of the brain to work in harmony. Students can use it to improve memorization and retention.
Ancient Egyptians carved Fluorite into vases and statues. American Indians, Celts, Germans, and Russians carved Fluorite into amulets and dining ware. Emperor Nero reportedly paid $250,000 (in today’s prices) for one Fluorspar cup. In the 1700s, hydrofluoric acid diluted with water was used to alleviate kidney disease, shrink varicose veins, grow hair, and cure sores on the fingers and in the nostrils.
Fluorite is the state mineral for Illinois, which once served as the country’s leading producer of Fluorspar. This highly protective and stabilizing mineral is widely used for manufacturing, glazing (Teflon is made from one of its derivitives), metal production, and optical equipment like telescopes.
Pure Fluoride is colorless. When other elements substitute for the calcium, various colors result, including purple, green, blue, yellow, and rainbow. As expected, each color carries its own particular metaphysical properties and is attuned to specific Chakras.
For instance, blue Fluorite heals the Third Eye and Throat Chakras, brings a calm rational energy, and fosters communication skills. Green Fluorite resonates to the Heart Chakra, helps release emotional trauma, and clears negative energy from the environment. Purple Fluorite heals the Third Eye Chakra and helps increase self-confidence.
While Fluorite isn’t a traditional birthstone, it’s the Zodiac stone for Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20). Feng Shui experts say Purple Fluoride uses fire energy and should be placed in the south area of a home or room.
Because Fluorite is so soft, it’s best to buy it in protected settings like pendants or brooches. Avoid wearing Fluorite jewelry while cleaning or exercising, clean it with soapy water and a soft cloth, and store apart from other jewelry.
Note: The claims here aren’t meant to take the place of medical advice. They’re based on folklore and other sources, and likely “work” best if one’s belief is strong enough!