Vintage YELLOW APATITE Gemstone Faceted Oval 2.76 cts fg160
A vintage faceted oval yellow apatite weighing 2.76 carats and with dimensions 10.0 x 8.0 x 5.7 mm. This is an extremely well cut and bright stone, totally eye-clean, and a rich canary yellow color.
Apatite, calcium phosphate, is not only found abundantly as a mineral, but is also abundant in the human body. This mineral, in microscopic crystals, makes up your bones and teeth and gives them strength and hardness.
Apatite crystals in geologic environments can grow to large size (up to foot or more) and occur in a huge variety of colors. Some crystals are transparent and can be faceted, and catseye apatites have also been cut. This particular stone is from Durango, Mexico, where apatite crystals occurred in a brown iron ore and were recovered for decades as a by-product of mining. Only a small percentage of this apatite was clean enough to cut faceted gemstones, and most of the ones produced have weighed less than 2 carats. The most notable characteristic of Durango material is its color, a bright pure canary yellow. The photos may have a slight tinge of green, but the true color of the stone is pure yellow.
Although apatite has modest hardness (5, compared to 5.5 for opal) it takes an excellent polish and well-cut gems can be dazzlingly bright. It is well suited for earrings, brooches and pendants, but is not recommended as a ringstone.
The iron mine at Durango stopped production many years ago, and part of the town of Durango now covers the mine site, so no more apatite from this locality will be produced in the future. This material will therefore become increasingly rare as old stocks of rough are cut and sold.
The price is for the one faceted gemstone, and the shipping cost includes insurance within the U.S.
? PLEASE NOTE: One of the photographs shows several of the books Joel has written. The Color Encyclopedia of Gemstones has for more than 30 years been the world's most authoritative source of information on (and pictures of) gemstones, including many of the rare gems, such as andalusite. (books not included in purchase!) We want you to feel 100% confident purchasing from us. Book not included in this listing! ?
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Nice beads!! Super fast thanks a lot!!!
I have dreamed of having a necklace such as the jade one. But the red one. That was a surprise. Both are beautiful. Thank you! Best, Jane
Lovely color;!interesting stones.
When I thought that I had ordered two of these and then checked out I had to order another set. The seller was very kind and combined my two orders and refunded my shipping.
Nice quick shipping on some hard to find items! Good packaging too!