Blue Apatite Crystal Tower 7cm. Gemmy, rich blue polished crystal tower. Chatoyancy in some areas, with deep gemmy sections and crackle pattern throughout. Beautiful piece. From Madagascar. Very Good to A Grade. Size approx 7cm. Weight approx 375g.
Strictly speaking, Apatite is the name of a group of minerals. It was named by A.G. Werner in the mid-1780’s from a derivation of the Greek verb aπasάω, ‘to deceive’, since it has a history of incorrect identification by mineralogists. Madagascar Apatite occur in a beautiful range of blue, green, and yellow hues. Madagascan Apatite is often UV reactive and called Fluorapatite.
The Madagascan deposits that polished material is made from are not extensive nor available in large quantities. The natural material has a green to green blue colour, while the polished material is heat treated to produce the rich intensive gemmy colour.
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