OUR GEMSTONES OUR JEWELRY JEWELRY SETTINGS GEMSTONE INFO MORE PRODUCTS OUR E-Bay STORE CONTACT US HOME

APATITE GEMSTONES

Apatite is a relatively unknown gemstone that is found in Mexico, Ontario, Germany, Russia and Madagascar.  The most notable colors are blue, blue/green, green and yellow.  As gemstones go, it is one of the softer stones, being 5 on the mohs scale.  The most popular color is "neon" blue.   Finished apatite jewelry can be viewed here. 

APATITE INFORMATION

apatite

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION & NAME Ca(F,CL)Ca4(PO4)3 - A complex Calcium Phosphate
CRYSTALLOGRAPHY Hexagonal
REFRACTIVE INDEX 1.632 - 1.64
HARDNESS 5
SPECIFIC GRAVITY 3.10 - 3.35
CLEAVAGE Poor
HEAT SENSITIVE Yes, very.
BI-REFRINGENCE 0.002 - 1.004
WEARABILITY Very Good
OPTIC SIGN Negative
OPTICAL CHARACTER Uniaxial
SPECIAL CARE INSTRUCTIONS Avoid rough handling
ENHANCEMENTS None

Apatite, a naturally occurring gemstone is a stone seldom found in jewelry stores and virtually unknown to the general public. It is beloved by collectors for its many different colors and forms. Only with the recent availability of the neon blue-green variety from Madagascar, has its jewelry use increased. The color of the best specimens of this type rivals the famed Paraiba tourmalines, but alas, this gem lacks their toughness and hardness. At 5 on the Mohs scale, apatite must be cut, set, and worn gently. Earrings, pendants, pins, and tie tacks are probably safe, but ring use should be limited to occasional wear pieces with protective settings. Care for this stone is similar to that given opals, it is heat and shock sensitive, so steamers and ultrasonics must be avoided. Gems are available in white,yellows, pink, violet and various shades of blues and greens. Some of the blues and yellows show chatoyancy and can be cut as cat's eyes.

Main sources are Brazil, Canada, India, Mozambique, and Madagascar. The name "apatite" has been taken from a Greek word "apate" which means to deceive. It is so named because one can easily get apatite confused with a variety of other stones like tourmaline, peridot and beryl. Other sources of apatite are Mexico, Sri Lanka, Norway and The United States. Apatite clears confusion in the mental strata.


For more information, e-mail us at sales@thebrazilianconnection.com
or call us: (April 1 - September 30)  570-925-2121
(October 1 - March 30)  828-837-6860
cell phone - 828-360-2850