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 (=~ ¥ 22959)
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 (=~ ¥ 22959)
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.


T483 - Apatite $ 250 (=~ ¥ 25510)
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 (=~ ¥ 28571)
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!


T486 - Apatite $ 120 (=~ ¥ 12245)
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.



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