APATITE - Emerald Lake, 200 north of Ross River, Yukon
Emerald Lake is a beautiful and remote mineral locality tucked away in the Rogue Range of the Hess Mountains about 400 km NW of Whitehorse Yukon. Famous for its huge smoky quartz sceptres and natural citrine crystals, Emerald Lake is also home to apatite, black tourmaline, scheelite, fluorite and feldspar crystals. Gemmy apatite crystals range in size to about 3 cm across and the largest gems cut from them weight about 7 carats. The apatite gems offered for sale on this page were collected between 1994 and 1996.
With a hardness of 5 on Mohs' hardness scale, apatite is too soft and brittle to use in rings. If set with care, apatite can be used in earrings or pendants.