A large cabinet sized matrix of quartz and mixed pegmatite that hosts a dense mass of interlocked purple Apatite crystals. From the famed Nevel Quarry in Maine that is more famed for fine Tourmalines. The sharp and glassy crystals reach over 9mm but most are about 5-6 in size. The color is a good medium purple that is lighter than from the nearby Pulsifer Quarry. Specimens of this size and quality are very rare from the Nevel and this one also has a few tiny unidentified Phosphate crystals as well. Minor bruises are seen with magnification and some cracks are noted in the matrix yet the naked eye display is excellent.
Anemzi Village, Midelt Province
6.5 x 5.4 CM (cabinet)
From a new small find about 60KM from Imilchil this was my selection as the very best specimen. Fine, sharp "asparagus" Apatites scattered on contrasting pink feldspar crystals. Well prepped and trimmed aesthetically, the large Apatite is 2.3CM standing and super gemmy. Nearly all Moroccan Apatites have easily noticeable damage, cloudy areas or other "issues" This is not at all like that, and is unusual for the attractive matrix which very few examples have. We have a few other examples from this find in the 200-300$ range that are good, but this specimen is exceptional!
From an amazing small find in late 2012, this apatite has the intense purple color usually only seen in the finest Pulsifer crystals. Aside from the intense color that can not be well captured in photos, the faces are glass like with gemmy areas. In fine condition especially for such a large prism. The intense color is confined to an outer zone, so looking down the termination it is possible to see inside to the crystals grey-green interior. Far far better in person!
A big, glassy single crystal deep intense pink to lilac in color. What may look like broken edges in the photos are all INTERNAL veils seen through the transparent faces. There is a small chipped corner that is not easily noticed but keeps the price low for such a brilliant crystal. The backside/ base has contacting that is not visible on display. Excellent overall condition otherwise this looks like a $2500+ crystal!
A fine, bright and glassy Apatite CaF sits esthetically in a nest of Muscovite. From the high elevation locality of Xuebaoding best known for great Scheelites, these are now very hard to find in such good condition. The main crystal is over 2 CM across (this is large for the locality) and has excellent pink-violet color. Strongly fluorescent and gemmy, a very attractive example.
The Cerro de Mercado Apatites are a Mexican classic, and now its quite hard to find nice ones. I try to purchase any decent piece I see since I think these are still undervalued and destined to be good investments. These were once plentiful, although undamaged crystals and good matrix piece were never very common. This example is in very good condition and an esthetic matrix piece as well. The main 3.4 CM crystal is quite sharp, gemmy and is well placed on the matrix. The small specimen has good presence and glass like luster. There are a few other tiny crystals scattered about although some are damaged they are not visible from the display side.
A light purple Fluorapatite 1.6 CM sits next to sharp gemmy orange scheelites on a muscovite matrix. Most apatite from Xuebaoding is more pink and this shade is very rare. Fantastic color contrasts, glasslike lustre and good esthetics make this a very fine piece. Very clean of damage by eye, there are some very minor contacts and chipping found at 10x magnification. A top notch example!
A pinkish matrix of crystalized Microcline is host to many yellow- green crystals of Fluorapatite many of which are doubly terminated. These crystals are a little greener than the classic Mexican Mercado examples and with a very different matrix. This is not a common locality. There are some broken crystals evident.