Apatite

Three large pieces of teal-color rough stand out in this image of apatite, furnished by L. Allen Brown of All That Glitters, Methuan, Mass. These natural-color northern Madagascar gems have a total weight of approximately 138 cts. Heat-treated neon melee, two round brilliant blues from southern Madagascar, weigh .13 and .17 cts., respectively. Richard Krementz of Richard Krementz Gemstones, Newark, N.J., provided these two gems, along with the large 3.44-ct. deep teal cat's-eye. What to do with all those little gemmy crystals? Give them to Robert Bentley, New York, who will string them into a necklace like the one seen here. While the name may conjure thoughts of food, the name apatite has little to do with eating. Its source is Greek mythology—Apate, goddess of deceit, trickery, and fraud and one of the "spirits" (diseases, sorrows, vices, and crimes that afflict humanity) found ins
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