Thursday, October 23, 2008
How Is Your Apatite?
Apatite, a greek word for apateo, or to confuse. Apatite is a rare, and gergeous gemstone, sometimes confused with the ever lovely paraiba tourmaline, a very exotic and expensive gemstone. Apatite, is a lovely swimming pool blue color, or sometimes a green color. The blue variety is the most sought after, and commands the highest price. It is known to be included, and clean stones are difficult to come by. It is very sensitive to household chemicals, so everyday wear is not recommended. It is also a softer gemstone, with a hardness of 5 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. It is probably not a good idea to set in rings, or bracelets, such as I did, earrings or a pendant is more safe. I love this gemstone, it is definately on my list of favorites. If you dont own an Apatite, it is definately worth your while to have one. The pendant is a quartz crystal bead, wire wrapped to a jewelry finding, with 3 Apatite briolette drops. This lovely pendant is available for sale, and will be listed in my Etsy store, missy69. The ring, is a sterling silver ring, set with a 7mm round Apatite gemstone, with rows of cz accents. The ring is part of my personal collection.