The name comes from the Latin for flow, and it typically has flowing bands, although pure fluorite is colourless and transparent, so used to make lenses for microscopes and telescopes.
It is sometimes called ‘the most colourful mineral in the world’, and in 1852, fluorite gave its name to the phenomenon of fluorescence, which is prominent in fluorites under ultraviolet light.
Pliny the Elder describes it as a purple precious stone, and in the 19th century large quantities of Derbyshire Blue John purple-blue fluorite were extracted from several Derbyshire mines and caves for its ornamental value, and even today a few hundred kilos are mined each year.
Here the image is applied to our wonderful tyon accessories that add a whole fresh and attractive dimension to any outfit - whether going out for a meal, a walk, or on holiday.
You can tie them around your head as a bandana, hold a pony tail in place, knot them around your neck, wrap them around your wrist, hang them from a belt, and tie them onto a tote, handbag or luggage. The list goes on.
They are 85% modal (a natural product made from beech tree resin) and 15% silk, so are lightweight and 'floaty', look and feel silky, yet have a comforting texture and warmth.
We're thoroughly pleased with the fabric mix, and are confident you will be too.
But please note, these are one metre long and 40 cms wide (a few inches over 3 feet by one foot in old money), so are an excellently flexible size, but are not 'big'.