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The bright, saturated colors of the apatite and pink tourmaline say "happy" and they are enough to prod a more cheerful state of mind. The apatite gemstones are clear and refreshing like an alpine lake or a Caribbean beach, and the pink tourmaline chips are warm and sweet like a hug or cotton candy. Alone each necklace is a fine spot of color to an outfit, but together they are a friendly kick to the senses, a lift out of the doldrums. Life is so often difficult, why not make a choice to don a little color and an upbeat frame of mind? Apatite is a calcium phosphate whose name is derived from the Greek for "deceit" because it can resemble so many other beautiful - and alas, harder - gemstones like aquamarine, amethyst and tourmaline. Its softer nature (Mohs hardness 5) means that apatite is more likely to chip or break when cut into jewelry components. The apatite gemstone beads in this necklace are unusual in that they are faceted teardrops; most apatite beads are rondelles or other smaller, rougher shapes. Their clarity is also unusual. Tourmaline is one of the borosilicate family (silica mixed with boric oxide) with Sally silica tetrahedra connected in cylindrical rings. The mineral is abundant, but gem quality tourmaline is only found in pegmatites (igneous rocks from water-rich magma that form large crystals). Tourmaline shows terrific range of color, from deep black and forest green to pale pink and yellow. Some of the most valuable specimens are "watermelon" tourmaline which show pink tourmaline ringed with green in the same stone. Pink or rubellite tourmaline, such as the chips in this necklace, is a less common variety. Cost: $117.00 USD (apatite) Cost: $126.00 USD (pink tourmaline)
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