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Apatite

Apatite (scroll to see rare apatite for sale)

 The name is evocative, deriving from the Greek word ‘apato’, or ‘deceit’, and mirrors the confusion that has surrounded this gemstone in the past due to its broad color palette. Often mistaken for Tourmaline, Peridot or Beryl, in truth Apatite has no need to hide behind other gemstones: its marvelous colors and beauty make it a truly multifaceted precious stone.

Apatite is a mineral found in various countries, although jewelry quality stones are quite rare. The most important deposits are located in Brazil, Madagascar, Namibia and Mexico, but a few examples have also been extracted in Canada and Russia. In 1995, a few neon blue examples of Apatite were found in Mexico, very similar in color to Paraíba Tourmaline, turning this gemstone into an instant celebrity.

Rare, neon blue apatite is rarely over .25 carat in gem quality. Courtesy of, Chateau Peridot.

Neon blue Apatite is very rare. Also a blue gray and lavender apatite were discovered in Namibia. the largest flawless cut blue gray is owned by Chateau Peridot in Lynchburg, Virginia. 

31.13 carat Blue Gray Namibian Apatite the largest known flawless specimen in the world currently.

 

Properties of Apatite

Neither too dark or too light, Apatite shines with intense colors and a well-balanced luster. Its brilliance is also affected by other factors, such as dimensions, purity, color saturation and the quality of the faceting. Polishing Apatite represents a true challenge for gem cutters. A well-polished, skillfully cut Apatite is a highly valuable gemstone. Usually cut in baguette, oval and round cuts, this stone may also be worked in various styles, such as stepped or mixed cuts. Apatites larger than one carat of eye clean purity are extremely rare.

 

Paraiba blue, apatite courtesy Chateau Peridot.

Apatite became very popular after the discovery of Paraiba tourmaline since the color can be almost identical at a fraction of the price.

15 products
The largest flawless blue Namibian apatite.
31.13 Carat Flawless Blue Gray Namibian Apatite, Rare Size/Color/Clarity, Oval
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Regular price $12,260.00 $5,785.00 Sale
Violet, Lavender, Purple Namibian Apatite, Loose Gem
4.50 ct. Light Lavender, Cushion Cut, VVS, Namibian Apatite
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Regular price $706.00 $408.00 Sale
1.69 ct. Apatite, Green, Madagascar, Spring-Green, Round VS
1.69 ct. Apatite, Green, Madagascar, Spring Green , Round VS
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Regular price $553.50 $394.69 Sale
Paraiba Neon Blue Apatite, 2.22 Ct Oval cut, Lovely Stone
Paraiba Neon Blue Apatite, 2.22 Ct Oval cut, Lovely Stone
Regular price $358.00
1.39 ct. Apatite, Paraiba Pool Water Blue,  Madagascar, Oval, VS
SOLD 1.39 ct. Apatite, Paraiba Pool Water Blue, Madagascar, Oval, VS
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Regular price $390.00 $298.00 Sale Sold out
1.46 ct. Apatite, Paraiba Blue, Cushion Cut, VS, Madagascar
1.46 ct. Apatite, Paraiba Blue, Cushion Cut, VS, Madagascar
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Regular price $419.00 $198.00 Sale
1.43 ct. Neon Blue Apatite, Madagascar, Untreated, Oval VS
1.43 ct. Neon Blue Apatite, Madagascar, Untreated, Oval VS
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Regular price $336.00 $180.00 Sale
2.08 ct. Apatite, Neon Green, Madagascar, Cushion, VS
2.08 ct. Apatite, Neon Green, Madagascar, Cushion, VS
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Regular price $390.67 $170.00 Sale
1.38 ct. Apatite, Neon Blue, Oval Cut, Madagascar
1.38 ct. Apatite, Rare, Neon Blue, Oval Cut, Madagascar
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Regular price $372.00 $170.00 Sale
Apatite Bead Strand 13" Caribbean Blue Apatite Paraiba AAA Smooth Roundel
Apatite Bead Strand 13" Caribbean Blue Apatite AAA Smooth Roundel
Regular price $119.00
VVS Paraiba swimming pool blue apatite with master cut.
SOLD Fine Paraiba Blue Apatite, Emerald Cut VVS
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Regular price $389.00 $88.00 Sale Sold out
.97 ct. - Apatite - French Blue - Pear Cut - Brazil - No Treatment
SOLD .97 ct. - Apatite - French Blue - Pear Cut - Brazil - No Treatment
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Regular price $197.00 $87.00 Sale Sold out
Blue Apatite Bead Strand, Untreated, Brazilian Mined, Exceptional Strand
Blue Apatite Bead Strand, Untreated, Brazilian Mined, Exceptional Strand
Regular price $79.00
Two Large Apatite Tear-Drop Shaped Cabochon, Matched Pair, Drilled
Two Large Apatite Tear-Drop Shaped Cabochon, Matched Pair, Drilled
Regular price $34.22
Rough Geometrical Cut, Natural Blue Apatite for Pendant, Cross Drilled, 43.22 ct.
Rough Geometrical Cut, Natural Blue Apatite for Pendant, Cross Drilled, 43.22 ct.
Regular price $24.00