Merelani Apatite

A new find of Apatite from the Karo Pit in Merelani Hills, Tanzania.  These gemmy light blue Apatites have always been scarce at the deposit, with only an occasional single crystal seen for sale. I had one good lot back in 2015, and other than that, I've only handled a few crystals, and most were very small Apatites associated with other minerals. The crystals are a good medium blue and many are entirely gem quality.


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T480 - Apatite $ 225
Karo Pit, Block D, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.1 x 0.6 x 0.5 cm


Apatite from Karo Pit, Block D, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t480a.jpg] Apatite from Karo Pit, Block D, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t480b.jpg] Apatite from Karo Pit, Block D, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t480c.jpg]

Double terminated single gem crystal of blue Apatite. Superb luster and facet grade for it's entire length. Some edge wear but overall very good.


T481 - Apatite $ 225
Karo Pit, Block D, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.2 x 0.5 x 0.4 cm


Apatite from Karo Pit, Block D, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t481a.jpg] Apatite from Karo Pit, Block D, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t481b.jpg] Apatite from Karo Pit, Block D, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t481c.jpg]

Terminated single gem crystal of blue Apatite. Superb luster and facet grade for it's entire length.


T482 - Apatite $ 150
Karo Pit, Block D, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.2 x 0.6 x 0.4 cm


Apatite from Karo Pit, Block D, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t482a.jpg] Apatite from Karo Pit, Block D, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t482b.jpg]

Terminated single gem crystal of blue Apatite. Superb luster and facet grade for it's entire length. Longest of the lot but it has some damage on the termination which brings the price to less than half of what it otherwise would be.


T483 - Apatite $ 250
Karo Pit, Block D, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.3 x 0.7 x 0.5 cm


Apatite from Karo Pit, Block D, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t483a.jpg] Apatite from Karo Pit, Block D, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t483b.jpg]

Terminated single gem crystal of blue Apatite. Superb luster and facet grade for it's entire length. Undamaged though backside is indented where another crystal grew.


T484 - Apatite $ 280
Karo Pit, Block D, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.5 x 1.1 x 0.5 cm


Apatite from Karo Pit, Block D, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t484a.jpg] Apatite from Karo Pit, Block D, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t484b.jpg]

Terminated single gem crystal of blue Apatite. Biggest of the lot. Complete all around with some edge chipping. Looks like an Aquamarine crystal!


T485 - Apatite $ 200
Karo Pit, Block D, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.5 x 0.5 x 0.3 cm


Apatite from Karo Pit, Block D, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t485a.jpg] Apatite from Karo Pit, Block D, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t485b.jpg]

Terminated single gem crystal of blue Apatite. Superb luster and facet grade for it's entire length. 1-2 micro chips along termination, otherwise perfect.


T486 - Apatite $ 120
Karo Pit, Block D, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.3 x 1.2 x 1 cm


Apatite from Karo Pit, Block D, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t486a.jpg] Apatite from Karo Pit, Block D, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t486b.jpg] Apatite from Karo Pit, Block D, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t486c.jpg] Apatite from Karo Pit, Block D, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t486d.jpg]

Fat gem crystal of blue Apatite with a smaller crystal sticking out the front. Top of main crystal may be cleavage or irregular growth.


T487 - Apatite $ 70
Karo Pit, Block D, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.2 x 0.9 x 0.5 cm


Apatite from Karo Pit, Block D, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t487a.jpg] Apatite from Karo Pit, Block D, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t487b.jpg]

Terminated single gem crystal of blue Apatite. Superb luster and facet grade for it's entire length. Front is good but there is a ding on the backside.


T488 - Apatite $ 40
Karo Pit, Block D, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 0.7 x 0.5 x 0.4 cm


Apatite from Karo Pit, Block D, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t488a.jpg] Apatite from Karo Pit, Block D, Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t488b.jpg]

Double terminated single gem crystal of blue Apatite. Superb luster and facet grade for it's entire length. Slight damage on one side.



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