Indian Ocean Apatite
Recent discoveries off the coast of Madagascar have revealed a rare gemstone treasure called Indian Ocean apatite. This new variety of apatite gets its name from its striking and rare sea-green hues.
The name apatite is taken from the Greek word "apatao” meaning to deceive or mislead. That's because this sneaky gem is frequently mistaken for other pricy gemstones like tourmaline, peridot and beryl.
Apatite is a phosphorus-based gem that appears in virtually every shade of the spectrum, including yellow, green, pink, red, blue, violet, colorless, and cat's eye varieties. The predominant shade is a blue-green teal hue similar to tourmaline. Indian Ocean Apatite displays a combination of cerulean blue and green hues. This striking sea-green color is a rare find and highly sought after.
Apatite is used as a defining mineral for items ranked 5 on the Mohs hardness scale. It is the only gemstone mineral that naturally occurs in the human body. It is a major component in tooth enamel and makes up 70 percent of our bones.
- Apatite is thought to improve vision, knowledge and inventiveness. It also boosts confidence. In meditative practices, apatite is used to increase intellect, imagination, and psychic awareness. It is said to help you maintain focus, concentrate effectively, think clearly, and communicate better.
- For crystal healers, apatite corrects physical and mental coordination and can be used to regulate digestion and metabolism. It is believed to encourage new cell formation and aid in the absorption of calcium, making a good choice for battling bone and tooth decay.
Located off the coast of the Indian Ocean on the island of Madagascar, a new variety Apatite, Indian Ocean Apatite, has quickly captured the hearts of gem connoisseurs. Southern Madagascar apatite deposits, discovered in the 1980s, are already nearing exhaustion. We were on the forefront when this gem debuted in the market. Our extensive collection of premium apatite was bought before the apatite boom, allowing us to share this rare gem at reasonable prices.
- Ranks 5 on the Mohs hardness scale.
- Colors available in the full spectrum of hues, but preferred is a dark cyan green-blue.
- Member of the apatite family.
- Also known as asparagus stone, augustitie, asparagolite, phosphate of lime, chlorapatite, fluorapatite, and hydroxylapatite. Heat applied to enhance color.