Apatite is seldom found in jewelry stores and virtually unknown to the public. It is beloved by collectors for its many different colors and forms. When buying Apatite it is important to take color saturation into consideration as the more intense the color the higher it’s value. Gemstones over 1 carat are very rare and are thus more valuable. The most expensive Apatite stones are those from Maine while blue Brazilian stones come second. Only with the recent availability of the neon blue green variety from Madagascar has jewelry increased.
What is Apatite? Shop for Loose Apatite Gems for Custom Apatite Jewelry
Apatite is named from the Greek word ‘apate’ which means ‘deceit’ since Apatite has a similar appearance to many other minerals. Apatite is the most common Phosphate mineral and is the main source of phosphorus required by plants. The bones and teeth of humans and most animals, are composed of calcium phosphate which is the same material as Apatite. While tooth enamel is the hardest material in the human body, Apatite is not especially hard compared to other gemstones, with a rating of only 5 on the Mohs scale, so jewelry is usually confined to earrings and pendants. Occasionally rings with protective settings are worn. Apatite is also sensitive to heat and acids.
Where does Apatite Come From and What Are the Typical Colors?
Major sources for Apatite are Brazil, Burma and Mexico. Other sources include Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, India, Madagascar, Mozambique, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka and the USA. Apatite is known by connoisseurs especially for two colors; the paraiba-like blue green and the leek green color which once earned Apatite the name ‘asparagus stone’. There is also a very rare deep purple deep purple Apatite found in Maine, USA. Other colors may also include colorless, white, yellow, brown, grey, red and pink. Some specimens may even be multi-coloured.
Cat’s Eye Apatite – Graceful and Appealing
Chatoyancy or ‘The cat’s eye effect’ adds to the glamor of this gemstone. The effect is caused by tiny parallel inclusions that give the appearance of a narrow line similar to a cat’s eye. Often the gemstone needs to be viewed in natural light to see this effect.
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