The Soft Yet Fiery Apatite Gemstone

A delightfully affordable gem that will be the highlight this season is one that comes filled with rich, Electric Blues like the scene from your chemistry class concoctions. A calcium phosphate that is mined naturally in many parts of the world in rather small sizes, the Apatite Gemstone takes pride in its regal colors.

Apatite Gemstone
Apatite Gemstone

Named in Germany after the Greek word ” apatao“, the Apatite literally translates to a gemstone known to often deceive with its scintillating color. Easily mistaken for other gems like the Beryl the apatite gemstone although soft has proved to create a stir in the jewelry industry.

With jewelry trends moving towards vibrant rainbow colors, the Apatite is the perfect representation for the color blue. Its strong blues are perhaps some of the most popular but an apatite also occurs naturally in lemon yellows and light greens.

Apatite Gemstone Properties

Hardness: At 5 on the Moh’s scale, these gems are a good choice for rings used only on occasions. A great match for earrings their bold colors will have everyone staring.

Fracture: With conchoidal fractures, when an Apatite chips, their breaks will form in a conchoidal structure.

Lustre: The Apatite has a vitreous to sub-resinous lustre much like that of natural glass.

Apatite Gemstone
Eye Clean, Pear Cut Apatite

Being a soft gemstone, if you invest in an Apatite, always remember to visit your local jeweler once a year.  A quick check on the setting, prongs, breaks, wear and tear, will keep your gem safe and free from major problems as they can be addressed immediately.

Apatite Fun Facts

A gem that has great uses in the jewelry industry, the Apatite gemstone has also found its way into manufacturing fertilisers. The minerals high content of phosphorus enables its use as a fertiliser directly or its manufacture of a superphosphate.

Apatite Gemstone
Phosphate Soluble Fertiliser (graduated gemologist, Chantelle Lobo) (graduated gemologist, Chantelle Lobo)

graduated gemologist

Growing up in a country like India, bursting with color, culture and creativity, Chantelle's curiosity drew her towards the fascinating world of gemstones and jewelry. Trained with the best at the Gemological Institute of America and the SSEF, Switzerland, her knowledge encompasses advanced methods of gemstone identification, diamond grading and the manufacture and sales as a jewelry professional. Her adventures have taken her to source Spinels on the busy streets in Myanmar to exceptional Sapphires in Srilanka, a selection of gems from Madagascar and even rare Jades in China. With over 7 years of experience in the jewelry industry, her strong foundation in this niche field allows her to make key observations on the value or quality of gemstones and jewelry. She now continues to fuel her deep-rooted interest for these special stones by seeking out precious one-of-a-kind gems around the world. Linkedin: