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Apatite Gemstones

While very similar to the color of Paraiba Tourmaline due to its neon like bluish-green color, the Apatite gemstone is actually a mineral that is both translucent and transparent. Although found in various colors, the deeper the greens and blues, the far more precious they are. Great as a substitution for Paraiba Tourmaline, Apatite is highly available making it flexible as far as small or large cuts.
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The gemstone Apatite is named after an expression meaning "to deceive or to cheat" used within the Greek language. This name was given to the stone because it was a deceiving stone which was commonly mistaken or confused for other stones such as topaz, tourmaline, sphene, amblygonite, brazilianite andalusite, and tourmaline. This gemstone is not well known in the commercial jewelry industry or with the general public; however gemstone collectors find the stone to be of high value. The favorability of the stone can be partially attributed to the wide range of forms and colors the stone can be found.

Apatite gemstones can be found in colors including violet, green, pink, yellow, blue and even colorless. The most rare color type of apatite stone is a deep purple variety that can be found only in Maine. Other popular color varieties of this stone include the Blue Brazilian apatite, as well as the asparagus stone which is a light green. The most recent inclusion of apatite in jewelry making can be attributed to the discovery of the neon blue- green apatite stone which was found in Madagascar.

When this type of gemstone is made for jewelry it is necessary to be careful of the wear put on the stone. Because the apatite gemstone is only rated at a 5 for hardness on the Mohs scale, it is more easily scratched or damaged. It is because of the stone's softness that it is not recommended for use within rings, but rather for earrings, pendants or pins. The transparent clarity of the gemstone creates a nice luster and can be cut in a wide range of shapes. This type of gemstone is commonly found in a variety of locations including the United States, South Africa, Norway, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mexico, Madagascar, India, Brazil and Kenya.

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