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Apatite Specimens (Green)£0.75 – £2.95
Apatite Tumblestones (Blue)£1.25 – £2.95
Apatite, faceted (Blue)£3.95
Appearance, Uses and History
Apatite is primarily used in industry as a phosphate in fertilisers. For our purposes, the main uses are as specimens and as gemstones – faceted, cabochons and beads.
Some Apatite can contain rare earth metals, and can contain uranium – however, it can be safer than most other ores like monazite which are more radioactive.
Apatite has given us some amazing information about the moon – analysis of the moon rocks from the Apollo mission has helped to give scientists a much more detailed idea of the possible amount of water on the moon, stored as hydroxyl within the minerals themselves.
Large deposits of Apatite can be found in Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Madagascar, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, South Africa, Spain, and the USA. Most of the gem quality material comes from Brazil and Mexico.
Photos of Apatite
Hazards and Warnings
Almost all rocks, minerals (and, frankly, almost all other substances on earth) can produce toxic dust when cutting, which can cause serious respiratory conditions including silicosis.
When cutting or polishing rocks, minerals, shells, etc, all work should be done wet to minimise the dust, and a suitable respirator or extraction system should be used.
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