Green Great Wall:Chinese Scholar's Rocks - Fluorite

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Feature:Chinese scholar's rocks (1*) - Fluorite (2*) of Zhejiang.
Collector:Zhong Lingqiang
Source:Private collection
1* Chinese scholars' rocks, also known as scholar stones or viewing stones, are naturally occurring or shaped rocks which are traditionally appreciated by Chinese scholars. Scholars rocks can be any color, and contrasting colors are not uncommon. The size of the stone can also be quite varied: scholars rocks can weigh either hundreds of pounds or less than one pound. Chinese scholar's rocks influenced the development of Korean suseok and Japanese suiseki.
2* George Gabriel Stokes named the phenomenon of fluorescence from fluorite, in 1852. In fluorite, the visible light emitted is most commonly blue, but red, purple, yellow, green and white also occur. Fluorite is allochromatic, meaning that it can be tinted with elemental impurities. Fluorite comes in a wide range of colors and has consequently been dubbed "the most colorful mineral in the world". Every color of the rainbow in various shades are represented by fluorite samples, along with white, black, and clear crystals. The most common colors are purple, blue, green, yellow, or colorless. Less common are pink, red, white, brown, and black.


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