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Fluorite, also known as fluorspar is a popular mineral that is available naturally in all colors of
spectrum. It is the mineral form of calcium fluorite that belongs to the halide minerals. It is a
visible mineral both in ultraviolet as well as visible light. Pure fluorite is colorless and the
variations in the color are caused by impurities. The common colors of fluorite include purple,
blue, yellow, green, and blue. Fluorite has an attractive cleavage habits and the cleavage, which
is perfect and parallel to octahedral faces, can be peeled off in some cases to make a smooth
crystal perfect octahedron. Fluorite is known to be one of the famous fluorescent minerals. The
word fluorescent has arrived from fluorite mineral. Fluorite crystallizes in a cubic design. The
major reserves for fluorite is found in China which accounts for around 24 million tons in inner
Jiangxi, Mongolia, Hunan, Zhejiang and Fujian provinces. These reserves make about 80% of the
national total of fluorite reserves. As China has introduced many measures to protect the
fluorite reserves, the output for fluoride has remained steady.
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Fluorite generally has lapidary and ornamental uses. Fluorite can be drilled into jewelry,
however it is not used as a semiprecious stone due to its relative softness. In industries, fluorite
is usually used in the production of certain glasses and enamels and used as flux for smelting.
Three different grades of fluorspar include acid, ceramic and metallurgical. The pure form of
fluorite is used for manufacture of hydrofluoric acid, which acts as an...