Apatite is a traditional and fairly uncommon gemstone which is a group of phosphate minerals including other elements. This wonderful gemstone comes in a wide range of colours ranging from neon and other shades of blue, purple and red and as a result with this kind of exposure it has gained a good level of popularity and demand.
Origin and supply
According to Greek mythology the name Apatite comes from the word Apatao which relates to the Apate, the Goddess of deceit and frauds but as per the point of view of mineralogy, Apatite is a group of phosphate minerals. This is also known by gemstone connoisseurs especially for two colours – the Paraiba- like blue green and leek green , this pleasant gemstone comes into light in the mid of 1990 and unearthed in Madagascar. At present Madagascar, Brazil, Mexico and Mozambique are the adequate suppliers of this wondrous beautiful gemstone.
Unlike other gems such as tanzanite and iolite which are generally cut by artisans to minimise their colour changes and maximise their vivid hue, andalusite has such a strong pleochroic feature that it is specially cut to enhance its unusual mixture of colour. Andalusite displays a remarkable shimmering dance of hues, especially when cut into faceted shapes. Other cuts bring out a mosaic of blended colours, from green to golden yellow and reddish brown, all intermingled beautifully.
Apatite Buyers Tips
Apatite is adequately soft with the hardness of 5 on the Moh’s scale. It is rare to find an eye-clean neon Apatite in sizes over a few carats, most of the material is small and wonderful for Melle.
Gem crystals can be found in transparent to translucent qualities. Availability of large faceted gems always has been sporadic but smaller faceted pieces have been readily available and the price is totally based on colour and cut factors and reportedly can be steep.
Apatite is remarkably an inspirational and fascinating gemstone. Now a time this rare gemstone has comes out with the primary choice of jewellery connoisseurs. It has been said to foster one's creativity, intelligence, communication skills, self-confidence and concentration. Due to exceptional countenance Apatite is often used in feminine jewellery where it can capture and safely display its best beauty.
|Colour||Yellow, green and blue|
|Sources||Madagascar, Brazil and Mexico|