Hessonite, Horseranch Range, BC


APATITE - Bear Lake Road, Tory Hill, Ontario

During the late 1800s and into the early 1900s, apatite was mined in southern Ontario and Quebec as source of phosphorous for the production of fertilizer and phosphoric acid. Many of these mines closed in 1893 due to a huge drop in price resulting from of the opening of large low cost phosphate (apatite) mines in Florida and later in Tennessee. Although there were many apatite producers and occurrences in both Ontario and Quebec, very few of these contained transparent apatite suitable for fashioning into gemstones. The largest apatite gemstones from Ontario come from deposits in the Wilberforce area.

The apatite offered for sale on this page comes from the Bear Lake Road occurrence, near Tory Hill, Ontario.

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.

Weight........... 2.04 carats Catalogue #..SW122
Dimensions... 8.0 mm Cut Style....... Round
Colour............ medium green Clarity............ lightly included
GEC................ N  (natural)     (Glossary of Terms)
Total Price.... $80.00 CDN
Weight........... 0.75 carat Catalogue #..SW148
Dimensions... 5.6 mm Cut Style....... Round
Colour............ medium green Clarity............ eye clean to very slightly included
GEC................ N  (natural)     (Glossary of Terms)
Total Price.... $30.00 CDN
Weight........... 0.64 carat Catalogue #..SW133
Dimensions... 6.9 x 5.0 mm Cut Style....... Oval
Colour............ medium green Clarity............ eye clean to very slightly included
GEC................ N  (natural)     (Glossary of Terms)
Total Price.... $25.00 CDN
Weight........... 0.44 carat Catalogue #..SW145
Dimensions... 5.0 mm Cut Style....... Round
Colour............ medium green Clarity............ very slightly included
GEC................ N  (natural)     (Glossary of Terms)
Total Price.... $17.00 CDN



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