Lot: Apatite-9




COLOR: Amber, Brownish Orange & Yellow, Golden Honey, Sunset Yellow & Orange
CLARITY: Will cut eye-clean to very slightly included stones for the most part (75%+ High Facet Grade)
ORIGIN: Kilimanjaro Region & Tanga, Tanzania
SIZE: Stones range in size from approximately 3.18 to 11.37 Carats (5.82+ Carat Average)
WEIGHT: 343.50 Carats (59 Pieces) 68.7 Grams
PRICE: $171.75 ($.50 Per Carat / $2.50 Per Gram)

Sunset Orangish Yellow to Amber colored Apatite rough from Tanzania. This is very lovely material with a considerable portion of the rough being Facet Grade. We are estimating that roughly 75%+ of this material is High Facet Grade; however, quite a bit of the material has very fine chatoyancy clearly visible and therefore we would NOT necessarily recommend faceting much of the rough. This is some of the BEST Cat's Eye Apatite we have been able to get a hold of to date from Tanzania and we are confident it will produce some of the sharpest Cat's Eyes you have ever seen if cabbed!!

The material is in fairly chunky pieces averaging around 6 carats and I would say roughly 65% of the material looks like High grade Facet Rough where the Chatoyancy is fine enough to finish a gem that should show little or no Cat's Eye effect with proper orientation; however, much more of the material is Facet Grade if you don't mind the Chatoyancy being clearly visible in the finished gems. Any way you look at it this material is a steal at our current price and it is worth picking up without much thought.