20. November 2014 07:30 /
One would not normally attribute the beauty of a gemstone to the same material that is essential to fertilizers and pesticides. Apatite rocks with abundant amounts of phosphorus are important to the development of fireworks and explosives as well. Apatite also makes up our bones and teeth. This “deceitful stone” may begin as a chemical, but as a gemstone becomes a piece of pure beauty.
Origin of Apatite Gemstone Beads
Abundant throughout the world, apatite is a phosphate mineral which is sensitive to heat and very soft. Its name comes from the Greek word meaning “to cheat”, as it is easily confused with other gemstones such as tourmaline and topaz. Apatite is developed as a hexagonal crystal and is found in different rock types including igneous.
Though the term “apatite” is a general name for many phosphates, apatite gems are much different. Rare earth elements are present in apatite, which result in apatite gemstone beads appearing in a variety of beautiful deep colors. This widely unknown gemstone is a treasure in itself and can be seen as jewelry in many different types of cuts and shapes. It is known for its green color but can also be found in shades of blue, violet, pink, yellow, and even colorless.
History of Apatite
There is little in history pointing to notoriety or fame of the apatite gemstone and its origin as a serious gem dates to just a decade ago. Even so, gem collectors are drawn to these magnificent stones in part because of the healing powers associated with them.
The apatite gemstone has been attributed to:
- Healing powers
- Developing one’s creativity and concentration
- Encouraging extroversion
- Drawing out negativity
- Decreasing hunger
The clear-green variety of apatite is termed “asparagus stone”. It's very soft, rating a 5 on the Mohs hardness scale (most gems rate 7 or higher). Its softness makes it difficult to polish and cut, making it a rare gem. The clear blue type is called moroxite.
Ratna Sagar Jewels is your quality choice for wholesale apatite gemstone beads. These versatile gemstones are available in a variety of cuts such as heart briolette and faceted rounds. Be amazed by their deep- and swiss-blue color and notice the various lengths and weights of the apatite gemstone beads from Ratna Sagar. All are rated with AAA quality and have origins in Madagascar or Brazil.
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