Apatite

Posted on December 29, 2015 by John J. Bradshaw, GG (GIA)

Introduction Apatite is a group of closely related species, namely fluorapatite Ca5(PO4)3F, chlorapatite Ca5(PO4)3Cl, and hydroxylapatite Ca5(PO4)3(OH). Fluorapatite is by far the most common species of the apatite group. Almost all gemstones are fluorapatite although rarely…

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