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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Fluorite

The intense green color makes this gem rare and beautiful. It is the first fluorite gem from Vietnam to be accessioned into the National Gem Collection.
Photo by Greg Polley. Click to zoom.
Catalog Number NMNH G10658-00
Locality Cao Bang Province, Vietnam
Weight 55.24 ct

Gift of Mr. Dudley Blauwet in 2010.

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 typically 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 many places, including: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Mexico, England, Canada, Kenya, Korea, Pakistan, China, Tanzania, and the United States. This 55.24 ct fluorite is from Vietnam. The intense green color makes it a rare and beautiful gem, and it is the first fluorite gem from Vietnam to be accessioned into the National Gem Collection.

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