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Apatite is a mineral of the phosphate group. The name of this mineral comes from the Greek "apatos", i.e. deception, delusion. The reason for this name is that it contains a variety of substances due to which it is very similar to other stones. It really can be mistaken for beryl or tourmaline and other gems.
Description of apatite stone:
Color. The stone has all the colors of the rainbow, which depend directly on inclusions in its structure.
Place of mining. Today, minerals are mined in different countries. The largest deposits of apatite are found in Canada, India, Norway, Russia, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, the USA, and Sri Lanka.
Apatites are ancient stones that originated from the time of volcanic eruptions. Their appearance began in lava. At the same time, in every country, stones are obtained in the main definite color. For example, in Russia - blue, and in Italy - violet and so on.
Depending on the composition, the stones differ from each other in color and composition. On these grounds, apatites are divided into three groups:
Fluorapatite. The first is the minerals that contain fluorine. A wide variety of colors distinguishes this group. It includes purple, pink, yellow, brown, and even transparent apatites.
Chloropatitis. This group has several shades of green, gray and pink, and white. Their name speaks for itself and indicates that they contain a lot of chlorine.
Hydroxylapatite. Includes white, blue, red, and purple minerals. They contain a lot of water.
It is worth remembering that the stone has little strength, which is why it is quite rare. Therefore, for rings and bracelets, this stone is not suitable since there is a threat of frequent blows, due to which the mineral can be damaged. The stone looks great in necklaces, cufflinks, or earrings.
As a rule, products with this gem are framed with silver or cupronickel. Also, this unique stone can become an irreplaceable part of the collection, especially when the specimen has such valuable colors as yellow and blue.
How to distinguish a real apatite stone from a fake one?
Scammers often tried to counterfeit apatite, passing off plastic or glass products for it. It is not at all difficult to distinguish a stone from plastic, and the main thing is to pay special attention to such parameters as:
Weight. A real mineral is considerably heavier than plastic or glass jewelry.
Apatite structure. In nature, there are no completely identical apatites that have familiar patterns. Each of these stones is unique. Therefore, if there are several pieces of jewelry in the showcase in which the apatites are similar one to one, then these stones can be fake.
Temperature. It is also worth mentioning that apatite heats up very slowly and even less does not melt. Of course, you don't need to try to melt the jewelry to detect a fake. It is enough just to hold the stone in the palm of your hand. Plastic or glass will heat up immediately, and apatite will keep its cool temperature for a long time.
Turning to Gem Lovers, you will receive gems certified by an expert gemological company and only with a high-quality cut. All stones in the collection of our online store are selected with special care and love. We are happy to satisfy the tastes of both the most demanding fans of unique natural stones and those clients who are just going to get acquainted with the world of gems.
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