Rainbow fluorite was highly prized by the Romans, not only for its rarity (their only source was Parthia), but also for its beautiful bands of color.
Historically, fluorite was worked into cups and dishes to best display the patterns of this relatively-soft stone. The Romans believed that wine drunk from a fluorite cup tasted sweeter. This was partially true, as the vessels were typically covered in a clear, protective resin to prevent cracks or chips–the resins reacted to the acid in the wine and actually did make the drink a bit sweeter!
The bracelet and necklace on this page are made from fine silver, with rainbow fluorite beads spaced evenly between the lengths of chain. As I always do with my chains, I cut, fused, and formed each link by hand before weaving them together while Brian drilled the soft stones one by one. This let me thread the beads directly onto the chains as I made them.
The natural banding in the stone means each set is unique. The most common shades are greens, purples, and clear with thin bands and wisps of color.
I handmade the clasps from sterling silver as well, using a toggle clasp on the bracelet and a hook/eye clasp on the necklace.