In order to work with our crystals effectively, we need to understand their properties. With crystals that look similar or have similar uses, such as green calcite and green fluorite, it can be difficult to determine which one to work with. The answer should always be; the one that you are drawn to the most. However, if you are looking to find the difference in physical appearance as well as metaphysical properties, you’ll find your answer here.
Calcite has a more consistent color and is often opaque, while fluorite is known for its color zoning and is translucent or transparent. Calcite looks and feels waxy, and fluorite has a glass-like shine. The former is also slightly softer. Green calcite is mostly used for balance, while fluorite is used for clarity.
Continue reading if you want to know more about the (physical) qualities of these stones, as well as how you can use them in your spiritual practice.
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Green Calcite vs. Green Fluorite – How To Tell The Difference?
In order to understand the difference between these two stones, we can look at the color, shape, pattern, clarity, and more. Below we’ll describe all these aspects in detail.
Calcite comes in a variety of colors, among them being green calcite. The range of colors includes white, colorless, black, yellow, red, blue, and pink.
Green calcites have a soothing pale green color. The shade of color is almost identical to green fluorite. The green shade can range from deep to light green. The stone may also be characterized by blue or yellow stripes occasionally.
Also read: Calcite vs. Quartz: This Is The Difference
Green fluorite is one of the members of the fluorite family. Fluorites come in a variety of shades, and is often dubbed ‘the most colorful crystal in the world’. Although fluorites come in a wide array of colors, purple and green are the most popular species.
Green fluorite’s color varies from light to dark and can be characterized by color zoning, where some areas may have a deeper or lighter color than others. Some parts of the fluorite may have no color at all. Additionally, you may find multiple different colors within one stone.
Pattern and Clarity
Green calcite is semi-transparent to opaque in clarity. The stone is highly reflective, has a waxy shine, and is slippery to touch.
Green fluorite has a smooth appearance, often with a marbled or stripped pattern. The stone is also transparent or translucent in clarity. This is the only stone that has perfect cleavage from four different dimensions, meaning the stone breaks into perfect cubes, which is also how it is sometimes found. The word fluorescence is derived from this stone, which means it glows under ultraviolet light. Keep in mind, that this isn’t the case for all fluorite.
Green calcite rates 3 on the hardness scale, while green fluorite rates a 4.
If you’re unfamiliar, the Mohs scale of hardness determines a stone’s hardness by measuring how scratch-resistant it is. According to this scale, a stone can scratch any other mineral with a lower score. For reference, talc is a 1, whereas diamond is a 10.
With these scores, fluorite is able to scratch calcite. So, if you have a piece of (confirmed) fluorite, the best way to check is to scratch the undetermined stone. If it gets scratched, it is likely to be calcite. If not, it might be fluorite.
You could also use a copper penny (scoring 3.5 on the scale) to check. The penny should be able to scratch calcite, but not fluorite.
Green calcite is a calcium carbonate mineral that forms as a result of calcium-rich rain. Over time, the water that has hit the ground will evaporate, while the calcium is left behind. This then forms into calcite.
In addition to calcium, calcite often has metal inclusions. These cause the stone to have different colors. For green calcite, this is likely due to the inclusion of malachite.
Green fluorites form from slow cooling or high heating of magma. These crystals form in veins and crevices of sedimentary rocks. Fluorite is made up of calcium fluoride, which results in a colorless, transparent crystal. Often, this stone has metal inclusions, creating an array of colors.
Green calcite mainly comes from Mexico. Green fluorite mines are found in China, South Africa, and Mexico, among other parts of the world.
Because of these stones’ low hardness rating, we need to be careful when handling them. The stones can be cleaned by using a moist microfiber cloth, but make sure to dry them afterward. Because of their soft nature, the stones cannot be cleaned by running them under water or leaving them to soak. This will either dissolve or break them. Acid treatments are also not recommended.
Apart from physically cleaning the stones, you might want to clear them from negative energies. This is highly recommended if you use them for their metaphysical properties.
The reason for this is that these stones absorb low vibrations. Every month or so, you want to remove these energies from the stone so you can continue to use it. After cleansing, it is recommended you also recharge the stones to make sure they are full of positive energy to share with you.
Fluorite and calcite can be cleansed and recharged by moonlight or using cleansing crystals like selenite and clear quartz. We do not recommend leaving them in the sun, as they are likely to fade when exposed to direct sunlight for longer periods. It is also best to keep these stones away from salt.
Also read: Can Fluorite Go In Water? (Full Guide)
(Meta)Physical Healing Properties
Beware that crystals are never a replacement for professional medical help. If you have any issues, see a doctor first and follow their advice.
Green calcite is associated with the heart chakra and is used as an energy cleanser. The stone is great in removing all negative entities that block energies and inhibit growth. This stone will help you to heal your heart and release all the anger and pain held within. This paves the way for more love and compassion for yourself and others.
The stone also opens you to your higher self and brings restoration and balance back to your lives. The calcite stone also encourages optimism and open-mindedness. This cultivates personal growth, success, and prosperity.
Green fluorite is believed to be one of the best stones to bring balance to the soul and mind. This encourages clarity and change of thought. The stone also promotes peace, as well as intelligence and mental strength. The stone can be used by learners to improve understanding and retention of information, which is why some refer to the stone as a genius stone.
Green calcite is an earth crystal, while green fluorites are connected to both water and air elements. The earth element represents grounding and security in all aspects of our lives. Some traits you could work on using stones of this element are as follows; determination, patience, reliability, and planning.
The water element signifies rebirth, purity, cleansing, power, and emotions. Water is a powerful element of nature and the source of life. The air element, on the other hand, represents the power of the mind, knowledge, wisdom, and intellect. It is also the element associated with mental stability, focus, and concentration.
Green calcite and fluorite are both associated with the heart chakra, used to open, align and balance this chakra.
If you’re not too familiar with chakras, here’s a quick explanation to help you understand how these crystals work. Chakras are the different energy points in our bodies. There are 7, each of them linked to a certain aspect of our lives. We can link each chakra to crystals or gemstones by color and their properties.
The heart chakra is represented by green, is located in the chest area, and is responsible for love, acceptance, and how we relate to people and the world around us. Through these stones, we discover our true selves, speak our truth and live our authentic lives. Imbalances in this chakra can be caused by trauma from the past.
The stones can also connect to the third eye chakra through their connection to the heart. The chakra is located between the eyebrows in the middle of the forehead. This chakra governs our subconscious, intellect, and insight. The stones are used to maintain balance in this chakra, improving the clarity of thought and decision-making without the influence of emotions.
Zodiac and Planet Association
Neither green calcite nor fluorite is a birthstone. However, we can look at their associated planets to link them to zodiac signs.
Green calcite is associated with the moon, which rules cancer, as well as Venus, ruler of Taurus and Libra. The moon represents intuition, and emotion, while Venus is associated with love, luxury and beauty. The stone’s connection to the heart chakra heals and brings emotional balance to these signs. The stone will also help them release pain and stress.
Green fluorite is associated with Neptune, which represents dreams, the subconscious, and inspiration, and also rules Pisces. As a result, people of this zodiac sign are likely to develop a stronger connection with this stone. It can help them with clearing negative energies, bring solutions to problems, and sparking creativity.
Green calcite vibrates at the frequency of 3. The number is connected to confidence, expression, and creativity. In numerology, the number 3 is used to represent harmony, wisdom, wealth, and peace.
Green fluorite has a strong vibrational frequency of 6. The number is used to represent intuition and a deeper connection to psychic powers. The vibration of this stone stimulates the brain for increased concentration, discernment, and focus.
Also read: Calcite vs. Quartz: This Is The Difference
There are many different ways to use these stones. Below we’ll outline a few options for you.
Both stones bring concentration and focus, which is important in meditation. By doing this you can have a deeper spiritual connection and a good flow of psychic exchange during your meditation practices. In yoga, green fluorite creates endurance, eliminates negative thoughts, and maintains balance and stability.
If you’re wanting to use these crystals to meditate, following a guided meditation might be beneficial, especially if this is your first time. Below you’ll find a guided meditation that might be helpful, aimed at the heart chakra.
The stones can be used at home and at your workplace to bring peace to your environment. Here, green calcite will bring stability, acceptance, and peace. It is also used to release emotional stress and trauma.
When green fluorite is placed in the bedroom, especially under the pillow, it will aid spiritual connection in your dreams.
At work, the stones will keep you focused and help you navigate strenuous working environments. The stones encourage tactful thinking and problem-solving qualities. It will also reduce panic and feelings of tension when placed nearby.
This is probably the most common way to make the most out of the benefits of these stones all day. It is made into pendants, necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings. These pieces can be worn as accessories and also as talismans for protection and fortune.
We recommend placing both stones on the skin as close to the heart chakra as possible (on the chest), as this will make them the most effective. As a result, a longer necklace would probably be your best option.
To get the most out of our work with crystals, it can be incredibly beneficial to pair and combine crystals with similar properties. This way, they can strengthen and enhance each other. Below you’ll find some interesting options. Keep in mind, that the best crystal combinations are those that align with your intended purpose.
Green calcite can be used as a memory booster when paired with azurite or hematite. The combination also improves focus and concentration.
When combined with blue apatite, it cleanses and helps prevent infections. It is also used together with black jades or obsidian for anger management and optimism.
Green fluorite can be used together with malachite or turquoise for security and protection.
You can also pair the stone with amethyst for concentration and focus.