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Classification :

Dana No:

(9)Halogenures anhydres et hydratés.

(9.2)avec A (X)2

(9.2.1)Dana Group Fluorite CaF2 F m3m 4/m 3 2/m Frankdicksonite BaF2 F m3m 4/m 3 2/m Tveitite-(Y) Ca1-xYxF2x,x~0.3 Unk Mono


Hey's CIM Ref.: 8.4.7

Strunz : III/A.08-10 III - Halogenures

III/A - Halogenures simples: Halogen = 1 : 2, 1 : 3

III/A.08 - Fluorite series and related compounds

III/A.08-10 Fluorite CaF2 F m3m 4/m 3 2/m

III/A.08-20 Frankdicksonite BaF2 F m3m 4/m 3 2/m

III/A.08-25 Haleniusite-(La)! (La,Ce)OF F m3m 4/m 3 2/m

III/A.08-30 Tveitite-(Y) Ca1-xYxF2x,x~0.3 Unk Mono

III/A.08-40 Gagarinite-(Y) NaCaY(F,Cl)6 P 3 3

III/A.08-45 Zajacite-(Ce) Na(REExCa1-x)(REEyCa1-y)F6where(xney) P 3 3

III/A.08-50 Laurelite Pb7F12Cl2 P 6 6

III/A.08-60 Coccinite* HgI2(?) P 41/nmc 4/m 2/m 2/m



Year of the discovery: 1529

Etymology : from the Latin "fluere" = to run out, it is an allusion to its metallurgy  property of helping the scoria to flow. The term "fluorescent" comes from the name "fluorite" which often shows this property. The nam of the element 'fluor" comes from this mineral, too.
Notice that the term "fluorine" is used in French to be a synonym of "fluorite". In English, "fluorine" is designs the element F (7th column of the Medeleiev classification).

Names :

* Androdamant
* Antozonit (Stinkspat)
* Blue John ( du Français "bleu-jaune")
* Bruiachit (Magadam, 1886)
- Bruiachita, Bruiachite
Calx fluorata
* Cam - Cam Cand

* Chaux fluatée (Franz., Hauy, 1801)
* Chlorophan
* Choneuticit
* Derbyshire Spar
Espato fluor (Esp.)

* Fetid Fluor
Fluate de chaux
Fluor mineralis Stolbergicus

* Fluorbaryt (Hausmann, 1847)
- Fluorbaryte
* Fluores (Boetius de Boodt, 1609)
* Fluorit
fluorite (international)
* Fluorine (France.)
* Fluorite (Angl.)
* Fluor spar (Angl.)

* Flußspat - industrie
* Flussspat -(Allemagne)
* Flußspat Glas-Spat Kand Liparite (of Glocker)
Fluorina (Italie)
* Fluorita (Espagne)
Fluorure de calcium
* Glasspat (Cronstedt, 1778)
* Gunnisonit (Clarke & Perry, 1882)
* Hüttenspat
Kalk Flusse
* Keramikspat
* Linsenspat
Lithophosphorus Suhlensis
* Lysspat
* Murrhina
* Optischer Spat
* Ratofkit (sediment. Fluorit v. Fluss Ratofka, Russie)
* Pyrosmaragd
* Pseudonecerit
* Säurespat
* Smaragdfluss
Spath fusible
Spath vitreux -Spatum vitreum
* Spato fluore
* South African Emerald
* Stinkfluss

- spath-fluor and fluorspar: commercial and industrial words; it indicates that a product contains a certain ratio of CaF2.

Varieties :

- " Blue John " : purple and white gathered, purple and yellow.
- chlorophane : thermoluminescent variety, wich gives a light green.
- yttrofluorite : the yttrium element sustitutes partially the calcium; formula : (Ca, Y)F2
- yttrocerite : partial substitution of the Ca by cerium and yttrium; formula : (Ca, Ce, Y)F2.
- antozonite : deep purple (violet) variety which contains fluorides ions (F-) non linked. A strong ozone (O3) smell appears after the breack. This fluorite is found inthe uranium sites.
- African esmerald, false amethyst are "exotic" names ...

La fluorine est communément trouvée en tant que gangue dans les veines hydrothermales, particulièrement celles contentant des mineraux du zinc et du plomb. Elle est également présente dans des greisens, granites, des veines de haute température, dans des marbres et d'autres roches metamorphiques.







Chemical class : HALIDES
Chemical subclass : simple halides
Chemical formula : CaF2 (calcium fluoride)
Impurities, traces: Y;Ce;Si;Al;Fe;Mg;Eu;Sm;O;Organic matter;Cl;REE (rare earth elements)... and other;

Crystallographic properties
Crystalline system : CUBIC
Class symmetry : 4/m -3 2/m cubic Holohedrism
Network : centered faces F
a: 5,46
Z: number of chemical formulas per unit of cell: 4


Morphology : cubic, octahedral; dodecahedral; solid mass; granularity, coarse; fine grained; botryoidal, fibrous; columnar; earthy; aggregate; hexaedric; cuboctaedric; concretionary.

Color : from colorless to all colors. Several colours can also exist.
It should be noted that the black fluorite (which is not a color!) is not in nature.
There is only purple dark fluorite, a color similar to black.

Aspect in-situ : crystalline masses of glare vitreous, often cleavable, and in fibro-lamellate masses of sintered structure.

Stripe : white.

Powders : white (except for certain dark fluorites which after crushing give a purplish powder,
or pink).

Hardness : 4 (on the Mohs hardness scale)

Index of refraction : N = 1.434
A low birefringence and interior groupings showing a noncubic symmetry are also found.

Density : 3.01 to 3.25 - average = 3.13

Point melting : 1360 C

Crystalline forms :
- cubic (6 square faces);
- truncated cubic (truncation of the tops of the cube);
- octahedral regular (8 faces in equilateral triangles);
- rhombododecahedron, or rhomboidal dodecahedron(12 faces);
- trigonotrioctahedron (24 faces: 3 faces on each face of octahedral known as pyramidal).
The fluorite is also in sintered, granular or compact cleavable masses.

Twins : twins by rotation around a ternary axis, two interpolated cubes.


Transparency : all optical qualities are found: gem with the stony one.

Glare : vitreous.

Light : - vitreous glare, given lustre to a little on a1;
- the fluorite is more permeable to UV than quartz.
Cleavage : octahedral; perfect (dominating character).

Break : subconchoidale with unequal; irregular.

Tenacity : fragile, breakable.

Fluorescence : - long waves UV(365 Nm): purple
- short waves UV(254 Nm): blue
Other colors can be observed; they depend on the nature of inclusions (yellow, red...).

FLUORITE, Weardale, Durham, Great Britain
L 6 X H 4 cm


Long wave UV
collection and photography © Patrick Arweiler


FLUORITE, Villabona, Spain
L 11 X H .,5 cm


Long wave UV
collection and photography © Patrick Arweiler

FLUORITE, Rogerley, Frosterley, Durham, Angleterre

UV longs / long-wave
Photographie © Michelle Matthews

: yes

Heat Action : - thermoluminescence (chlorophane is the name given to the varieties that take a green colour).
- decrepitates quickly.
- blowtorch: melts easily and gives a white enamel, with alkaline reaction.

Solubility : - in the sulphuric acid (H2SO4), hydrofluoric acid (HF), it gives
for the development of all the fluorocarbonaceous compounds;
- slightly soluble in the hydrochloric acid (HCl), insoluble in HF;
- weak solubility in pure water (16 mg/L with 18C);
- more important in hot water of alkaline nature
(the fluorine content of mineral waters is related to their temperature).

Chemical : Ca: 51,33 %, F: 48,67%

Molar mass: 78,0748 g/mol

Varieties : - "Blue John": after heating joined together crimson and white, crimson and yellow.
- chlorophane: variety which is thermoluminescent in clear green.
- yttrofluorite: yttrium sustitutes partially calcium; formulate: (Ca, Y)F2
- yttrocerite: partial substitution of Ca by cerium and yttrium; formulation: (Ca, Ce, Y)F2.
- antozonite: dark violet variety which contains independant fluorine ions (F -). A strong ozone smell emerges from some of them after break ; Some antozonite may occurin the uranium-bearing fluorite lodes.

Pseudomorphosis : often from quartz, chalcedony, and sometimes from siderite (Peyrebrune)

Inclusions : - solids: pyrite, chalcopyrite, galena, barite...
- liquids: hydrocarbons, various organic matter...

Use : metallurgy, chemical industry, ceramics and glassmakings, abrasive, industry of cements, optics, decoration, medical field...

Gitology : formation at low temperature. Special abundance in France.
- in the pneumatolytic conditions, associated cassiterite, topaz, lepidolit, tourmaline of some greisens, aquamarine...
- in hydrothermal conditions as gangue of many ore deposits with galena, sphalerite, barite, quartz or as principal component of certain primarily fluorited ore deposits;
- in sedimentary rocks.

In France, the magmatic influence being probable in some cases but not evident, special empahsis has been put by the scientists to distinguish objectively, among the fluorite deposits, veins crosscutting the stratification boundaries, and stratabound mineralisations rather disseminated or fissural inside one sedimentary layer.
The former are examplified by the Valzergues mine; the latter by the large occurences of Morvan area and Burfondy. The purists distinguish as well two classes:
-ore veins hosted (totally or partially) by the paleozoic crystalline basement (=basement veins generally linked with great distension faults or graben tectonics, like in Maure-Esterel, or compression transverse faults like in the Tarn)
-veins entirely hosted by the sedimentary mesozoic overburden (=cover veins, the type of which is better examplified by lead-zinc veins of Diois, Baronnies ans Ardeche than by fluorite veins).

The Illinois-Kentucky fluorite deposits (Cave-in-Rock type) and the Pennine deposits are typical of a more particular type (called Mississipi Valley type) characterized by karstic pipes fillings caused by hydrothermal solutions percolating within limestones. (Jean Feraud)

Ore deposits of Aveyron : Sites that gave place to an exploitation for the fluorite:
- Valzergues;
- "Le Kaymar" mines (Kaymar and "La Boule").
Other mines or localizations not very interesting for the industrial aspect:
- Colombies, Compolibat, Pessens, Montpestels...

Other deposits


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