At Touchstone: Below we have several pieces that display the beautiful colors of orange calcite, and deep green and purple fluorite. These shimmering examples of the beautiful minerals work great in home décor, or as desk decorations. The classic cut of animal shapes will bring elegance and fun into whatever space you choose.
About Calcite: Calcite is a carbonate mineral that has colors that range from grays to pinks to yellows and oranges. During the Ordovician and Jurassic era there were so called Calcite Sea’s. Calcite seas were seas with bits of calcite in them. To be specific the seas contained low-magnesium calcite precipitate which was in other words, dissolved calcite. Later on the calcite hardened and crystallized with shells and marine creatures inside of the calcite. Calcite is also formed in caves such as the Glenwood caverns in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Italy is also known to be a great source of calcite.
About Fluorite: – Fluorite is formed by hydrothermal solutions rapidly rising. Hydrothermal solutions are watery fluids containing calcium & fluorine. As the solution rises, it created crystals in the hydrothermal veins of the Earth. The origin of the word fluorite comes from the Latin verb to flow. In Roman times, people thought if you drank alcoholic beverages from a vessel craved from fluorite, it would prevent drunkenness. This mindset was continued through the eighteenth century.
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