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2006, Perfect Binding
128 pages
Dimensions: 210 x 297 mm
ISBN: 9780971537194
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Fluorite - The Collectors Choice
MINERAL Monograph No. 9

English Language: English

Contributions by: Contributions by: Dmitriy Belakovskiy, Dudley Blauwet, Bruce Cairncross, Guiomar Calvo, Miguel Calvo, Fabien Cesbron Pierre Clavel, Rock Currier, Joan Deville, Rudolf Duthaler, Albert Gilg, Ray Grant, Michael Gray, Brennen Halvorson, Ian Jones, Matthias Jurgeit, Yoshiro Komuro, Ross Lillie, Guanghua Liu, Christophe Lucas, Mark Mauthner, Jason McDonald, Peter Megaw, Frank Melanson, Günther Neumeier, Erich Offermann, Arvid Pasto, John Pawloski, R. Peter Richards, Gloria Staebler, Hans Stalder, Brian Stefanec, Earl Verbeek

Edited by: Edited by: Jesse Fisher, Miranda Jarnot, Günther Neumeier, Arvid Pasto, Gloria Staebler, Tom Wilson

Illustrations by: Illustrations by: Louis-Dominique Bayle, Dudley Blauwet, Zbynek Burival, Bruce Cairncross, Michael P. Cooper, Joël Damase, Kevin Dixon, Eric Dowty, Jesse Fisher, Albert Gilg, Brice Gobin, Michael Gray, Tema Hecht, Terry Huizing, Matthias Jurgeit, Mark Kielbaso, Moki Kokoris, Volker Lueders, Ross Lillie, Eric Livingston, Jason McDonald, John Medici, Peter Megaw, Gunther Neumeier, Erich Offermann, Bertold Ottens, Arvid Pasto, John Rakovan, R. Peter Richards, Jeff Scovil, Hiroyuki Takano, Hajime Zenzai

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Fluorite is clear and colorless in its pure form, but defects and impurities endow it with an array of colors, in both fluorescent and white light, a number of which can occur in a single crystal.

Those famous color zones are one of the many features that have drawn people to collect fluorite, giving it a rich history that spans cultures and millennia. Colorful fluorite has been carved into all form of vases, cups, utensils, and decorator items that have historically commanded astronomical prices. The few fluorite artifacts preserved from days of old provide a glimpse into the lives of the ancients and open questions about their sources for fluorite as well as what was known of the mineral's properties.

Flourite is also an important ore. Its use as a flux for making steel has been long known, and its optical properties make it an important component in high-end lens systems. Fluorite is also man's most significant source for fluorine, which enjoys innumerable industrial applications.

The commercial demand means fluorite is readily mined from places across the globe. Fluorite is generally deposited by hydrothermal fluids, which can traverse many rock types. The mineral is thus found in a variety of geologic environments and the crystals reflect that variety. From simple cubes to incredibly complex crystals, colorful fluorite occurs in association with flashy species such as galena, quartz, calcite, sphalerite, and rhodochrosite.

Rich in color, form, and association, fluorite is The Collector's Choice.

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