13 August 2009

Latest fluorite

C and fluorite
Cheating a bit since I posted a version of this to twitter a few days ago. Decided that starting to work on a groove sequence now would lead to staying up excessively late.

Anyway, this is a piece of fluorite I picked up at a huge gem, mineral, & fossil show last week. Saw many spectacular, exorbitantly priced pieces and managed not to buy any of them. OK, I admit it was not hard to avoid spending $3500 on a chunk of fluorite that would just sit on a shelf. That large light blue piece--from England, I think--was amazing though.


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4 comments :

  1. Don't think I have anything against it as I used to collect little bits and pieces of several stones as a kid growing up, but why fluorite? And what do you do with it? Just curiosity questions.

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  2. I went to my first gem/mineral show a few years ago and what pretty much always drew my eye was fluorite. The next year, I could pretty well pick it out of any vendor's set-up if they had it. I just really like it. It comes in blues, greens, purples, saw yellow this year, and even rare red.

    Mostly they sit in little boxes. I look at them and periodically pick them up, turn them over in the light... blow dust off them (need better storage). I've also photographed some. In my head, I'm constructing a multi-colored Krypton; one of these days, I'll set 'em all up on a light box and shoot.

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  3. Why fluorite? Because after the diamond it is the most beautiful rock on the planet. Especially when they are banded with that deep purple and green. :o)

    Also for some reason, fluorite "feels" good. No I don't mean the cutesy heart / animals stuff (that's like spray painting the Mona Lisa) I mean the real non worked, in it's natural state Fluorite. It just "feels" good. Also if you put it under a florescent light it glows.

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  4. Well said, Anonymous!

    Most of my pieces are not polished, gives 'em more character. And you're right, they do feel good. I've been meaning to look at them under a black light.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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