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19thC Antique 1ct Apatite Medieval Intellect Creativity Self-Confidence Talisman #60988

Cost: $ 99.99

Antique 19th Century Genuine Natural One Carat Hand Crafted Siberian Neon Blue Apatite Semi-Precious Gemstone.

CLASSIFICATION:  Handcrafted Russian Apatite.

ORIGIN:  19th Century Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia.

SIZE:  Diameter:  6mm.  Thickness:  4mm.  Measurements approximate.

WEIGHT:  0.90 carats.

NOTES:  Upon request we can set your gemstones as a ring, pendant, or as earrings.

In the ancient and medieval world apatite was believed to enhance the wearer’s insight, learning abilities and creativity, and to give increased self-confidence.  It was also believed useful in inducing deep states of meditation and in easing hypertension.  It was also worn by athletes and soldiers who believed it useful in helping improve their coordination and to strengthen muscle.  Here’s a very uncommon, good quality vividly hued, neon blue apatite gemstone from the Chelyabinsk Oblast (County) of Siberia, Russia.  This particular gemstone was hand crafted by a 19th century Russian artisan, part of an heritage renown for the production of the elaborate gemstones and jewelry of the Czars of Medieval, Renaissance, and Victorian Russia.  Produced for indigenous jewelry in the nineteenth century, apatite gemstones of this size and quality are exceptional. 

Apatite is usually found just as small disseminated grains no larger than sand particles. Large well formed crystals whether cats eye or otherwise are rare, though enormous deposits are in the Kola Peninsula, (Siberia) Russia (see <A HREF="http://www.mtlilygems.com/mineinfo/sludinfo.html">here</A>).  Apatite is a frequently clear gem that also comes in many colors, including green, yellow, blue, violet, and yellow-green. The name apatite comes from the Greek word "apate" that means, "to deceive", as it has frequently been confused throughout history with other valuable gems such as tourmaline, peridot and beryl.  Apatite is valued for its color, and while the better grade gemstones are transparent, as is this gemstone, they nonetheless typically possess rutile inclusions.  In fact these rutile inclusions are what produces the rather pronounced “cat’s eye” effect in apatite catseye, another very collectible gemstone from the same mines in the Koa Peninsula.

This particular gemstone has great luster and sparkle, and to the eye is transparent and absolutely eye clean.  That’s not to suggest that it is without flaw, however even in these photo enlargements it is difficult to spot any blemishes.  That’s quite extraordinary for apatite gemstones, as they typically do contain rutile (hair like) blemishes within the gemstone, as well as inclusions composed of colorless crystalline material.  However under magnification the gemstone shows the unmistakable characteristics of having been hand crafted.  The coarseness of the 19th century finish is considered appealing to most gemstone collectors, and is not considered a detriment, or detract from the value of a gemstone.  These characteristics are not only expected of hand-finished gemstones, most serious collectors consider such gemstones more desirable, possessed of greater character and uniqueness when compared to today's cookie-cutter mass-produced machine-faceted gemstones.  Unlike today’s computer controlled machine produced gemstones that approach flawlessness in a perfect finish, the cut and finish of a handcrafted gemstone such as this is the legacy of an artisan who lived two centuries ago.

This gemstone possesses superb luster and sparkle, and to the eye is completely transparent, but one cannot say with absolute certainty that it is unconditionally flawless.  True, the blemishes it possesses are not visible to the naked eye, and the gemstone can be characterized at a minimum, to use trade jargon, as "eye clean".  To the eye it is indeed flawless; however were one to examine it in a jeweler’s loupe, it’s almost certain that a few minute blemishes could be detected.  Of course the same may said about almost any natural gemstone.  An absolutely flawless gemstone simply is not the rule in nature.  Most absolutely flawless gemstones will upon close examination be revealed to be synthetic.   You might also notice under magnification occasional irregularities in the cut and finish.  Naturally these characteristics are not only expected of hand-finished gemstones, you must also consider that two centuries ago the mining techniques prevalent did not allow the ultra deep mining operations which are so common today. 

Keep in mind that two centuries ago mankind was more or less limited to surface deposits or near surface deposits of gemstones.  Higher quality gemstones which today are routinely mined from beneath hundreds of meters, even kilometers beneath the earth's surface, were simply inaccessible then.  For these reasons antique gemstones must be appreciated as antiques first, gemstones second.  The relatively superlative quality of contemporary gemstones routinely mined from deep beneath the earth's surface today were simply not accessible two centuries ago, or at least, only rarely so.  However for most, the unique nature and character of antique gemstones such as this more than makes up for minor blemishes both within the gemstone as well as in the finish, which by and large of course, are (if at all) only visible under high magnification.

Apatite is a fairly uncommon and rare gemstone.  Though apatite itself is an exceedingly common mineral, transparent gemstone quality specimens are no common.  Apatite is the mineral that makes up the teeth and bones in all vertebrate animals, from fish to man to dinosaur as well as their bones.  In fact apatite is an elemental component of every living cell, plant and animal.  Virtually all the phosphorus in the world today has either come from or is locked up in this one mineral, apatite, or what is called phosphate rock.  It is quarried for use as a phosphate fertilizer.  Apatite gemstones are found in a variety of locations worldwide which include Russia, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Sweden, Canada, Mexico, the USA, Spain, Brazil, Burma, Ceylon, India, Israel, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia,  Madagascar, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa.    

Apatite gemstones are most typically found in blue, but the range of colors includes colorless, pink, yellow, green, brown, red, purple and violet.  The most valuable form is a purple-colored variety found in the state of Maine, USA.  Some of the blue and yellow apatite show chatoyancy (the cat’s-eye effect) and can be cut as cat's-eye cabochon gemstones.  The name “apatite” comes from the Greek "apatein", which means "to deceive", “to cheat”, or "to be misleading", as in the ancient world apatite was often confused with other minerals such as topaz, beryl, sphene, peridot or tourmaline.  The Greek name “apatein” also is associated with “Apate”, the Greek goddess of deceit, benefactor of politicians. A minor goddess in the Greek pantheon, she was the daughter of Nyx, and one of the spirits inside Pandora's box.  

Throughout the history of the ancient world, gemstones were believed capable of curing illness, possessed of valuable metaphysical properties, and to provide protection.  Found in Egypt dated 1500 B. C., the "Papyrus Ebers" offered one of most complete therapeutic manuscripts containing prescriptions using gemstones and minerals.  Gemstones were not only valued for their medicinal and protective properties, but also for educational and spiritual enhancement.  In the ancient and medieval world apatite was believed to enhance the wearer’s insight, learning abilities and creativity, and to give increased self-confidence.  It was also believed useful in inducing deep states of meditation.  Athletes and soldiers believed it useful in helping improve their coordination and to strengthen muscles, and to help suppress hunger (or “appetite”) and ease hypertension.  Wearing apatite was also believed useful in treating hyperactivity or its opposite, lethargy.  It was believed that an elixir of apatite could be prepared by allowing apatite gemstones to sit outdoors overnight, preferable under a full moon, in a glass container of water. The elixir was then drunken to help strengthen bones and heal and prevent joint pain.

Contemporary healers and mystics believe that apatite is highly psychic, facilitating intuition and ESP, as well as enabling the wearer to make contact with and commune with the higher self.  Regular meditation with apatite is said to steadily improve the wearer’s concentration and memory, while also enhancing intuition.  It is also said to facilitate visions of the future.  Apatite is also believed to increase stability and common-sense, helping the user to “keep their feet on the ground” and help plan for success. Apatite is believed to foster peace and harmony through enhanced communication.  Encouraging intellectual pursuits, apatite is said to stimulate thoughts and ideas that enhance the intellect, as well as aid focus, learning, and clarity of concentration. It is also used to foster acceptance, oceanic consciousness and unconditional love.

Both green and blue apatite are said to encourage the wearer’s humanitarian side, aiding the wearer’s effectiveness along the path of service.  Blue apatite in particular is believed to help with self-expression, communication and creativity as it assists in defining and understanding the meaning and uniqueness in this life. It is used to help in the release of difficulties and to clear mental confusion, and is also thought to stimulate clairvoyance and help one receive past life insights.  Green apatite is said to help one accept and appreciate one's full worth.  Yellow apatite calms anxiety and speeds up one's thought processes when anxious and pressed to find the right solution to a problem.

Physically, apatite may decrease hunger and has been used to help control weight gain.  Apatite is believed useful for healing, regeneration and to provide the stamina and courage needed to face difficult problems or a long-term illness.  Apatite gemstones are worn to help bones heal faster and stronger, and to treat the pain of arthritis.  It is also believed to aid the absorption of calcium from the foods you eat, which helps to keep bones and teeth strong.  It can also be worn to lower blood pressure, as high blood pressure is often related to calcium.


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