The name Apatite is from a Greek word meaning "to deceive" because the gem varieties were often confused with other minerals. Collectors love Apatite for its many different colors and forms. The recent availability of the beautiful neon blue-green variety from Madagascar has increased its popularity and use in jewelry. The color of these Apatites rivals Paraiba tourmalines, but unfortunately they lack their toughness and hardness. The Apatite must be cut, set, and worn gently. It is a great stone for earrings, pendants, pins, and tie tacks. If you want to set in a ring, you should wear it occasionally and mount it with protective settings.

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