Gemologist Guide to Identifying Apatite

apatite specimen

Apatite is popular amongst collectors and crystal enthusiasts but the general public rarely asks for it at a jewelry store. The limiting factor with apatite is its hardness which is 5. This leaves it susceptible to scratches at chips from general wear and tear. If you fall in love with the blue-green apatite then your […]

Gemologist Guide to Identifying Kunzite (spodumene)

kunzite specimens

Kunzite is a mineral variety of spodumene and is named after the gemologist George Fredrick Kunz who was the first to identify it. Kunzite’s delicate color comes from trace amounts of manganese and the crystal displays a deeper color down the “C” axis while a pale color is visible on the “A” axis. Kunzite is […]