The name apatite is taken from the Greek word "apatao" meaning to deceive or mislead. That's because this sneaky gem is frequently mistaken for other pricey gemstones like tourmaline, peridot and beryl.
Apatite is a phosphorus-based gem that appears in virtually every shade of the spectrum, including yellow, green, pink, red, blue, violet, colorless, and cat's eye varieties. Apatite is used as a defining mineral for items ranked 5 on the Mohs hardness scale. It is the only gemstone mineral that naturally occurs in the human body. It is a major component in tooth enamel and makes up 70 percent of our bones. The latest find of apatite included a brilliant natural green variety. The gleaming, intense green color of green apatite is natural; no treatments or alterations are required to achieve it. This sparkling, deep green color doubles for premium sphene or green Paraiba tourmaline at a fraction of the cost. Key factors in the overall cost of this stone its size, clarity and color. It is rare to uncover a gem larger than one carat.
Southern Madagascar apatite deposits, discovered in the 1980s, are already nearing exhaustion. We were right on the forefront when this gem debuted in the market. Our extensive collection of premium apatite was bought before the apatite boom, allowing us to share this rare gem at reasonable prices.