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So I have a 7x7mm trillion apatite, color is not so rich/deep as shown in this picture (haven't figured out how to get a decent gemstone photo yet).

I didn't spend much on it - the purchase was a whim, really. What do I do with it? I've read that many won't work with apatite.

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I didn't spend much on it - the purchase was a whim, really. What do I do with it? I've read that many won't work with apatite.


If you can find someone who will set it I would suggest putting it in a pendant. Apatite is soft and brittle and totally unsuited for use in a ring.


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If you can find someone who will set it I would suggest putting it in a pendant. Apatite is soft and brittle and totally unsuited for use in a ring.

Yes, that's what I had read, although I've seen some apatite rings. I may not do anything with it, for now at least. I do think it could make a pretty pendant.

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I found this Adwar pendant setting that I like. (I now have 2 of the 7x7 trillion apatites.)

However, I'd like it better if it was smooth/didn't have the diamonds. I guess it's possible to have that change made?

So I guess my next step is finding a local jeweler to work with. As you've told me, working with apatite is something many jewelers are not willing to do. Should I expect to pay more (if I can find someone willing to take the job) or is it more the high probability of the stones being damaged in the setting process?

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is it more the high probability of the stones being damaged in the setting process?


Yes, the probability of damage is quite high during setting and I would expect that anyone working on this would not take any responsibility for the survival of the stones. I've no idea on costs for setting as every place has a different approach to this. I also have no idea if Adwar will fill in the diamond area in the wax, but it can be filled with a small gold flat bar and as touch of solder. It will need to be rhodium plated if filled this way, (but probably would need that treatment anyway). This is one of those pieces which should probably require you to discuss it with the bench person or business owner in person.


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Thanks for your help.

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I do not entirely agree with Michael, I have set as many Apatites and similar hardness stones. You need to find someone who is capable. Failing this you copuld have the piece made in such a way that the gems are set from the back instead of the front of the piece. This way the piece is completely finished and polished and cleaned and/or plated, then the gem colud be held in by thin claws or glueing at the girdle or a combination of both where no stress at all is transfered to the stone.
Although the gem has shortcomings you must consider that Opal has an identical hardness to Apatite. Apatite is Crystaline material and Opal is not. This means that Apatite has a better chance of survival than Opal and there are countless Opals set in the most destructive of settings and they have survived quite well over the years.

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I do not entirely agree with Michael, I have set as many Apatites and similar hardness stones. You need to find someone who is capable. Failing this you copuld have the piece made in such a way that the gems are set from the back instead of the front of the piece. This way the piece is completely finished and polished and cleaned and/or plated, then the gem colud be held in by thin claws or glueing at the girdle or a combination of both where no stress at all is transfered to the stone.
Although the gem has shortcomings you must consider that Opal has an identical hardness to Apatite. Apatite is Crystaline material and Opal is not. This means that Apatite has a better chance of survival than Opal and there are countless Opals set in the most destructive of settings and they have survived quite well over the years.



Very pretty stone! I love apatite!

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Re: Apatite
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I'm sorry but I just can't get over the name 'apatite'... Like "I have an apatite... apatite for destruction!!!"
sorry I just had to say it...

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