- This blog started out as a way for me to display and sell my handmade jewelry creations. I have set up shop on Etsy.com, where my shop name is "Dreamin of Beadin". The link to my Etsy store is located on the right hand side of this page. Please check me out!! If jewelry's not your thing, then check out the site anyway ~ there are plenty of talented artists selling lots of cool things there. For your reading pleasure, this blog will serve as a sneak peek into what's going on "behind the scenes" in my world. I love to cook, so there will be plenty of recipes, as well as product reviews and the occasional product giveaway (woo hoo!) I also love to take pictures of anything and everything, and I just bought a new camera, so there will be plenty of photos. And I like wine too, so things could get pretty interesting . . . Thank you for your support of me, Etsy and "all things handmade" :)
Know Your Stones: Fluorite
I would have to say that the reason I love fluorite is because it is purple. Actually, this mineral comes in many colors, including white, purple, blue, blue-green, green, yellow, brownish-yellow, pink or red. It can even be colorless. Fluorite is composed of calcium fluoride and has a hardness of 4 on the Moh’s scale. Its luster is vitreous, or glassy. The word fluorite comes from the Latin root fluo, which means “to flow”. It has a relatively low melting point, and is a soft mineral. Aside from its use in beads and jewelry, it is used in steel and aluminum production, and also to make telescope and camera lenses. Crystal healers consider fluorite to be one of Nature’s most powerful mental healers. Some of its mythical properties include bringing order to mental chaos, increasing objectivity, enhancing creativity, curing mental disorders, easing meditation and freeing one from bad habits. The beautiful slab of fluorite you see pictured above is from the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History. I would have loved to get my beady hands on it and the other rocks that I saw there!