Amazing gemstone carvings sitting on an acrylic base stand. The Hummingbirds have been carefully carved out of Fluorite with Carnelian beaks. They are perched on a fabulous Citrine point which has been glued to the base. The birds detatch from the citrine and insert into the base stone on metal posts. The thought and detail that went into this carving are truly astounding.
Location: Fluorite- China, Citrine- Brazil, Carnelian- Madagascar
Measurements: 5-1/8" tall x 4-1/2" wide x 2-1/4" deep, Birds: 2-1/2" to 2-3/4" long
Fluorite is the "State Mineral" of Illinois. Fluorite forms in a variety of colors and is transparent to translucent in clarity. The chemical composition of Fluorite is CaF2, (calcium & fluorine.) The variation in colors are due to trace amounts of other elements replacing the calcium during the crystalline formation.
Fluorite is used in a variety of industrial purposes and the overwhelming percentage of Fluorite in the United States was mined in Illinois and Kentucky. Illinois became the leading Fluorite producer in the early 1940's, but during the 1990's, 90% of the U.S. Fluorite was imported with Illinois remaining the last U.S. producer.
Fluorite was was mined deep underground with many of the mines over 1,200 feet deep. The last Illinois mine was capped and flooded in 1995.
From the Latin word "citrus / citron tree", Citrine is a variety of Quartz which is composed of silica (SiO2) and forms an important part of most igneous rocks. Quartz occurs in crystalline masses, and when conditions permit, it forms hexagonal crystals.
Metaphysically, Citrine is one of the only minerals that not only promotes clarity of the mind, but also aids in success and prosperity, particularly in business. Citrine is also said to be helpful in repelling a wide variety of negative energies.