Apatite and Pearl Necklace

May 15, 2013

Apatite and Pearl Necklace

Apatite and Pearl Necklace and Earrings set is $45.00 and is 17 to 19 inches long with a sterling silver clasp.


Asymmetrial Apatite Necklace

January 6, 2011

Apatite Necklace-CEN StudiosRecently I was looking through some of my older jewelry designs and I found a beautiful Apatite necklace. I carefully viewed it from a design standpoint and thought it needed tweaking. So I took one part of it apart and restrung it. Now it looks perfect to my eye.

I tend to like balanced asymmetry which goes back to my garden design days. The original design had too many of the rectangles making it appear heavy on the rectangle side. Now both sides are not the same but balance each other weight-wise.

Because nice Apatite is a rare gemstone, and it is difficult to find large gemstone beads, this necklace comes out at just under $100.00.  It doesn’t have too large gemstones, though; the flat rectangles are approximately 12×16 mm. I have a large closed ring as the centerpiece with gemstones and TierraCast’s “Spirit” bead attached to it.

This Apatite is dark blue with swirly darker and lighter blues. I even see a little sparkle in some stones. This shade of blue lookes nice with gray-green top. It also looks great against black, red, and brown.

Some information I’ve found about Apatite:

Apatite is a rare semi-precious gemstone. Colors range from yellow to green or brown and to colorless, violet or blue. Some of the blues show chatoyancy and can be cut as cat’s eyes. I’ve noticed some sparkle in the gemstone as well. It can be found as transparent to opaque and might have streaks of white to yellow-gray.  It has a soft vitreous luster. The name apatite is from the Greek word to deceive because this gem was often confused with other minerals. Apatites are found in Brazil, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Norway, Sri Lanka, South Africa and the United States. Care for apatite is similar to that for opals as it is heat and shock sensitive.