Emeraldine Apatite Gemstone
Discover the raw mossy hues of emeraldine apatite, exclusive to Shop LC.
Relatively unknown in the jewelry world, apatite is an amazing stone, available in a plethora of stunning colors. Emeraldine apatite represents one of the most unusual colors you’ll ever find in this gem family. Through a unique development process, Shop LC is proud to present this boutique gemstone directly to you. It’s unavailable anywhere else.
What Color is Emeraldine Apatite?
Emeraldine apatite astonishes with its amazingly even color that rivals the succulent greens of Zambian emerald. Only available in a tight range of three shades, it represents some of the rarest colored apatites ever to enter the market.
Other Emerald Apatite Quality Factors
Comparing them to traditional emerald jewels, emeraldine apatite are some of the purest stones you’ll find! Typically eye-clean, stones are nearly free of the tangled inclusions that define most emeralds. If you’ve ever wanted to capture the appearance of high-quality emerald, consider this stone.
Take care with your emeraldine apatite. With a Mohs hardness ranking of five, this stone is more susceptible to scratches and abrasion than many other gems. However, it's still safely wearable in many jewelry pieces. Emeraldine apatite pendants and earrings are the best choices for those feeling cautious.
The stone’s low yield means that larger specimens aren’t readily available, limiting the size of polished stones to around a carat or less. Most apatite gems are about a half carat in size.
Who Should Wear Emeraldine Apatite?
Lovers of green will rejoice in this stone! With the green glow of the Irish countryside, emeraldine apatite will appeal to any fan of demantoid garnet, tsavorite garnet, and, of course, emerald. Emeraldine apatite approximates the color of Kagem Zambian emerald very well, making it a great alternative to this gem, especially for anyone seeking larger, eye-clean stones.
Apatite’s History of Deception
• It wasn’t until the late 18th century, when modern gemological understanding was on the rise, that apatite was identified as a separate gemstone. Before then, it was frequently confused for other gemstones. Identified by famed German geologist Abraham Gottlob Werner, he named the gem apatite in 1786. Its Greek roots mean “to deceive,” in recognition of the stone’s history of confusing professionals and amateurs alike.
Madagascar is home to much of the world’s supply of gem-quality apatite. It should come as no surprise then to learn that Shop LC uses the island nation as its source of emeraldine apatite.
How is Emeraldine Apatite Mined?
Madagascar’s rugged terrain makes it difficult to leverage heavy mechanical equipment. For this reason, the majority of mining is through traditional methods. Utilizing artisanal mining techniques, workers dig emeraldine apatite from the ground with tools like picks and shovels. Heavier equipment, like jackhammers, are used to break up the host rock as seams of the rough gemstone are searched. Once found, workers revert to hand tools in extracting the stone.
Apatite is a softer stone when comparing it to more traditional stones such as Sapphire. This delicate nature requires the most skilled artisans for working it, as the smallest error can become a costly mistake.
Approximately five-percent of rough ever becomes a finished gemstone. Complicating matters further, finished emeraldine apatite can occur in three different shades. This makes color matching stones for jewelry a tedious process, requiring many hours of work to ensure that every piece is perfect. Combined with the rarity of green apatite, this makes emeraldine apatite one of the most unusual stones you could own!
• Ranks five on the Mohs scale of hardness.
• Emeraldine apatite possesses a light to dark, medium green color, similar to fine Zambian emerald.
• Sourced from Madagascar.
• Emeraldine apatite undergoes heating to improve its already desirable color.