Well-regarded for its brilliant yellow hues, Canary Apatite has an intense saturation of color.
Canary Apatite is a rare variety of apatite, among an already rare gemstone. While apatite is readily available as a mineral, gem-quality material is very rare to find and is frequently plagued by sporadic production. The deposits of Canary Apatite are nearly depleted, with no new mining having taken place within the last several years, adding to its scarcity.
Gem-quality Canary Apatite primarily occurs in transparent specimens, and possesses a good intensity and saturation of its color. Rarely some translucent specimens exist. Interestingly, when cut in cabochon, translucent Canary Apatite can display a cat's eye effect, demonstrating a play of color across the gemstone when viewed from different angles.
Overall, this gemstone is not treated. On rare occasions, heat-treatment will be applied to enhance its color. Up to 90% of rough is lost when yielding apatite in general. In the production of Canary Apatite, the raw material enjoys a production yield of approximately 15-18%. Canary Apatite is on the soft side and ranks a five on the Mohs scale of hardness.
When manufacturing jewelry made from Canary Apatite, the finished gems are set twice. On the first setting, gems are matched for their color and clarity. Once the jewelry pieces are finished, the stones are set again for final polishing and a quality check.
• Canary Apatite is thought to be a stone of dual-action, bestowing strength for the pursuit of personal qualities and achievement of collective goals.
• This variety of apatite is associated with the element of fire, believed useful for overcoming fears.
• Some healers believe that this stone can also relieve pain caused by arthritis and other joint-related ailments.
• Fluorite is said to absorb and neutralize negative vibrations. It makes one more receptive to the vibrations of other stones. Fluorite is known as the "Genius Stone".
Location: Southern Madagascar
Canary Apatite is sourced from Southern Madagascar, utilizing deposits first discovered in the 1980's. With mining operations winding down, this variety of apatite will only continue to grow in scarcity. Apatite experiences a great deal of loss when separating it from rough. Up to 90% of the material is lost when choosing the best gem quality stones.
• Canary Apatite ranks 4 on the Mohs Scale.
• Canary Fluortie is 100% natural
• Translucent specimens of Canary Apatite may sometimes display a cat's eye effect when cut cabochon.
• For the last few years, this gemstone has not been mined, adding to its rarity.
• Canary Apatite goes through two setting processes to maintain its quality and protect the delicate gem.
• Fluorite is the birthstone for the month of February