Its bright blue color makes this AA-grade round apatite a good, budget-friendly choice for adding a jolt of color to your jewelry designs. A softer stone, apatite is best suited for earrings, necklaces, brooches and other jewelry styles that won't see a lot of wear and tear.
Apatite presents bright, strong blue or green color and attractive, visible inclusions when properly cut. The gem occurs as hexagonal prisms or tabular crystals and consists of calcium phosphate with some fluorine, chlorine, and other elements. The name "apatite" is Greek in origin from a word meaning "to deceive," due primarily to its similarity to other minerals such as olivine, peridot, and beryl.
Round-cut gemstones are highly popular and the most commonly available. Rio round gemstones are calibrated for size and hand inspected to ensure maximum attractiveness.