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Mineral: apatite
Gem: blue apatite
Size: 5 x 7 mm
Carat: 0.85 ct (ea)
Cut: native oval cut
Origin: unknown
Genral Info: from the Greek word "apatos" meaning "deception", because of its wide variety of colors and crystals shapes. soluble in HCl, often fluorescent or thermoluminescent. Used mainly as a source of phosphates for fertilizer.
Additional Information
The green variety is sometimes called "asparagus stone", it is not common in the jewelry trade because it is both soft and very brittle. Mainly purchased by gem collectors. The most common color is yellow, and the most valuable is blue.