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Earrings and pendant realized in crystals of fluorite
from the mine of Rogerley (Frosterley, Durham, England).

Photograph Jesse Fischer©2003

Statuette in green fluorite. China - end XIXth century - 24,5 X 10 X 5 cm
private coll .

 The chart of this mineral indicates a hardness of 4 (on the Mohs scale of hardness), what means that be fragile mineral. Moreover, it is sensitive to heat and can be cleaved very easily as soon as the temperature increases (It is easy to cause a decrepitation in a traditional furnace).
Another "negative" point for this superb mineral, which fascinated the man since Antiquity, is that it is faded easily with the light. It is not rare to find superb crystallizations which were of a major blue (Beix, Puy St-Gulmier...) completely dull, to see white.
It is undoubtedly for that that it is not very common to find objects worked among all the collections of art objects.


In England, at the end of the XVIII century, Derbyshire delivered a very veined fluorite: the variety "Blue John". Imposing objects were carried out, such of the vases, posts, piedestals... but also of the more modest objects in the face like pearls, eggs... This industry continued during the XIX century, and was even prosperous. Later, size and treatment of the fluorite were refined in order to obtain objects with a lower thickness and more luminous.

In France, the second Empire saw the fluorite entering decorative art. Bases, and other objects of small size were produced. Exceptionellement, of the larger objects were made: one saw nevertheless a chimney (exposure of 1867)...
The most famous realization is still visible today. It consists on the realization of the balusters of the balconies (with the top of the large staircase) of the Garnier Opera. This fluorite comes from the mine of Voltennes, in Morvan (ore deposit considered as exhausted in 1986).
Rare (very rare) are the people able to carry out perfect spheres in the pure fluorite, or the veined quartz fluorite (hardnesses being different). Those are, for major the part of them, in France.
Cross in green fluorite and violet
China - end of the XXth century
9 X 6 X 5 cm
private coll.

In addition, it should be noted that this mineral can give very beautiful parts when it is cut for the gemmology. Because of its insufficient hardness, it is not possible to carry out jewels which one can carry. One of the solutions would be to cover it with a fine diamond dust film in order to constitute a protective coating.

In the East and the Far East, the artistic work of the fluorite was always omnipresent.
The Chinese work this matter for a long time. It is sometimes possible to see figurines in fluorite. These last ones are finely worked when they were carried out at the XIX century, and the beginning of XX century. On the other hand, the last achievements are coarser...

In Germany, the town of Idar-Oberstein, capital of the size of the stones (invaluable and fine) offers to its visitors a nice mineralogical museum. You can see there cuts with an approximately 20 cm diameter, carried out in Chinese fluorite, whose edges are covered with pyrite.

Pendentive in fluorite
Chinese work - 1999
3,5 X 2,5 cm

In the United States, the Zunis Indians continue the tradition of the fetishes and cut in the fluorite, of the small figurines of animals.

Mexico (area of Muzquiz) provides objects of greater surface (plates, tables...) in purple fluorite.


Lion Zuni Figurine
Work of the Indians of America (Zuni tribe)
6 X 3 X 1,5 cm


Chinese work completed in a Chinese fluorite.
20 X 7 X 10 cm - private coll .


The decouratives objects in fluorite have remakes their appearance in rather great number since lately. Sometimes, it acts of a coarse work, but it is possible to find works finely carried out.


Bibliographical orientation:
Chermette A. (1986) - Fluorite. G Lachurie Ed.

Description: An attractive Persian green fluorite faceted bead.
Origin: Circa 4th-6th century A.D. Greater Persia
Dimensions: 14 x 14 x 11 mm
Description: A beautiful green fluorite bead in the form of an animal, possibly a piglet.
Ex Francois Villaret collection, Thailand.
Origin: Circa mid 1st millennium A.D. Laos
Dimensions: 21 x 12 mm

Vase en Fluorite
Diametre: 11 cm
Hauteur : 28 cm
(vendu aux alentours de 800 euros)




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