Sapo Mine, Goiabeira
6.3 x 3.8 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
Bi-colored and very lustrous Apatites are clustered in a stacked grouping that is a perfect floater (crystallized all around). No damage and displayable from any angle, this 2010 vintage Sapo Mine piece is similar in form to some Alpine cleft type specimens. Sapo has produced many interesting and attractive habits and colors over the years, this is quite distinctive and more impressive in person.
A fine, sharp pink Apatite from the well-known finds at the La Marina Emerald Mine. Delicate transparent to translucent crystals with bright glass-like luster are in a faden-like stack. Small but very pretty and in fine condition.
Perfectly exposed and elegantly perched Apatite crystal 3.6 CM in diameter contrasts with the stepped crystals of Albite. In fine condition and with bright luster the Apatite is a light salmon-pink with yellowish central areas. Transparent (but with internal veils), the crystal is complete and the front and sides are perfect, undamaged. The backside has some minor contact damage that is out of sight in any display angle. Esthetic and distinctive.
Gilgit, Gilgit district
4.2 x 1.5 x 1.1 CM (miniature)
Clear, gemmy Apatite crystal with a very faint pinkish hue, that looks colorless in some lighting. This shows a fine internal central wisp with a helix like form. Sharp and glassy, this is from finds a little over a decade ago, there is no damage at all on the prism or termination, it is of course broken on the bottom where it was removed.
Apatite (CaF) / Fluorapatite
Megiliggar Rocks Breage, Mount's Bay Dist.
1.8 x .3 x .3 CM (thumbnail)
Gem clear crystal in fine condition from this classic Cornish location. The crystal includes a crude but distinct internal "helix" pattern which adds considerable interest. A fine small specimen with delicate pale blue color and glassy luster.
Greifenstein Rocks, Ehrenfriedersdorf, Erzgebirge
6.1 x 4.1 x 2 CM (cabinet)
An old German classic Apatite with sizable purple crystals on contrasting matrix. Crystals are up to 1.6 CM in size with large transparent sections and sharp form. There is an old repair on this piece that is only seen with good magnification. The crystals are overall in good condition but there are some tiny broken quartz and chipped Apatite that is best seen at 10X magnification. This is in very good condition for its age, and the crystal size is huge for the locale. Esthetic. Ex Jorg Walther collection.
Apatite on Quartz
Panasquieira Mines, Panasquiera Covilha
Castelo Branco District,
4.5 x 2 x 1.5 CM (miniature)
A very choice piece, this is a glass-clear quartz crystal hosting several purple gem Apatites. The Quartz is perfectly terminated, overall sharp and impressive in person, in very fine condition. Strong magnification reveals some tiny Siderite crystals. The Apatites have some slight zonation and have top luster. Not a typical Panasqueira specimen, and far more esthetic than average.
The Colombian pink Apatites from La Marina are very desirable but very hard to get in any quality. There have been no new finds for the past few years, and the La Marina Mine is currently idle. This is an older piece from the 2003-4 era, and has good color. Some of the later Apatites were found to fade and became colorless, but this is the older color-stable type. Minor edge wear is noted mostly on the backside, but overall in very good shape for one of these.