One can wear Apatite as a piece of jewellery or simply carry it in the wallet or pocket. In both cases, Apatite is sure to provide comfort to an individual in difficult times. Apatite is ranked 5 on Mohs hardness scale which means that it is a soft gemstone and too brittle to be cast into a piece of jewellery. However, if one plans to cast an Appetite in a jewellery, it is advised to wear it occasionally and take special care of the same. Thanks to the jaw-dropping colours, it is not very rare to see an Apatite be jewelling mankind since ages.
-Types of Apatite
Apatite comes in a kaleidoscope of colours – Apart from the most admired blue Apatite and green Apatite; red, purple, pink, golden yellow and colourless Apatite is also prominently demanded in the industry.
Apatite usually sells for ₹ 500 to ₹ 20,000 per carat and above. The price of Apatite is typically determined by the combination of its colour, clarity, cut and carat weight. The following guidelines will help to choose the ideal Apatite stone at best price:
Apatite occurs in a rainbow of colours. However, the intense neon-blue to blue-green colours are the most sought after due to their rarity. The intense saturation on the stone calls for a positive impact on the value of the Apatite stone.The Malgache Neon Apatite is highly priced because of its striking deep blue colour.
A polished Apatite looks lustrous and glossy. Eye-Clean categories are highly valuable and equally rare to find. Sometimes, the deeply saturated colours conceal these little imperfections, making them look almost perfect for the Eyes.
A Round Apatite stone is the most desired of all. Due to Apetite’s fragile nature, most of the gemstone cutters stay away from cutting Appetite stone. Thus, it is sold in its raw uncut form. However, some cutters have been successful enough to give Apatite the desired shape. Pear-shaped and oval-shaped stones are also preferred, as they give a bigger appearance to the stone.
It is very rare to find large specimens of Apatite. Usually, they are under half a carat size. The bigger stones, if found, are quite expensive due to their extreme rarity.
Like any other gemstone, Apatite is also treated to enhance its commercial value.
Malgache Neon Apatite often goes through heating treatment for a flawless, more saturated colour.
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