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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Fluorite

These are the first fluorite gemstones from Pakistan to be accessioned into the National Gem Collection
Photo by Greg Polley. Click to zoom.
SpecimenCatalog NumberLocalityWeight
FluoriteNMNH G10503-00Bakhoor Mine, Pakistan66.68 ct
FluoriteNMNH G10505-00Bakhoor Mine, Pakistan23.5 ct
FluoriteNMNH G10504-00Bakhoor Mine, Pakistan62.6 ct

Gift of Mr. Dudley Blauwet in 2006.

Fluorite gems are popular for their great variety of candy-colored pastels, most commonly pale green, purple, yellow, orange, blue, pink and colorless. Fluorite is usually transparent to semi-transparent and color zoning is common. In general, fluorite is too soft and fragile to be used in most jewelry, but is often faceted with fancy cuts in large sizes as collector stones. Fluorite is a widely occurring mineral and gem quality specimens are found in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Mexico, England, Canada, Kenya, Korea, Pakistan, China, the United States, etc. These are the first fluorite gemstones from Pakistan to be accessioned into the National Gem Collection. All from the Bakhoor Mine, the orangey-pink gem weighs 66.68ct, the bluish-green gem 62.6ct, and the colorless gem 23.5ct.


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