Fluorite is a soft gemstone. It comes in various colors including green, blue, yellow, white, and sometimes a raspberry color but it is best known as a purple gemstone. Sometimes the fluorite will be banded or have several colors combined together. Sometimes iron pyrite or fools gold will form inclusions within the fluorite. It will break along cleavage points into a perfect octahedron. Mineral crystals of fluorite are prized by mineral collectors, and the gemstone form is often cut from massive formations of fluorite.
Canadian sources of fluorite include Ontario but the stone is found worldwide. Industrial uses for fluorite include the stone being used in the smelting of steel but it is much nicer as a colorful gemstone. Fluorite is believed to be a powerful healer and it may also increase concentration. It is often used as a meditation stone.