Necklace (apatite, red quartz and brushed gold beads) and pattern i designed.
Apatite is a calcium phosphate mineral. It is the most widespread phosphate in the nature. The name Apatite derives from Greek “apatein” meaning “misleading” because this gemstone was confused with other minerals like tourmaline, peridot, emerald or aquamarine. Surprisingly, Apatite is the main constituent of bones and teeth!
Apatite can be blue, green, brown, yellow, violet, pink or colorless. This gemstone is found in Brazil, Burma, Mexico. The violet and purple ones are found in Maine and Afghanistan. My favourite varieties of Apatite are : neon blue apatite and Paraiba apatite. Besides, Apatite is believed to have calming, comforting and stimulating properties.
Sources : http://geology.com/minerals/apatite.shtml; http://gemologyonline.com/apatite.html?title=Apatite; http://www.gemdat.org/gem-29229.html; http://www.mariehelenedetaillac.com/block/120/apatite/ and http://www.patrickvoillot.com/fr/apatite-25.html