Apatite –Asparagus Stone – Necklace a Natural Charmer

©2012, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Asparagus Stone Charm Necklace

From the moment I met the transparent gemstone affectionately known as “asparagus stone,” I loved it. Although my stones came from Durango, Mexico, I felt as if I’d always known about them.

Only after working with this stone did I begin to investigate it more seriously, reading about it on Wikipedia and other websites. It’s one of the  things I love about beads: the constant learning process.

The intense green colors signal untreated apatite. They remind me of cat’s eyes. Through my studies, I discovered the more intense the color, the higher the value. Some apatite is a brilliant blue, even purple.

The stones are heat and shock sensitive, and somewhat soft. As I worked with them, I found that rough handling made for crumbles.

Apatite comes from the Greek work “apate” which means to deceive. Not surprisingly, the stone is often mistaken for half a dozen different minerals.

In the necklace pictured above, side-drilled amber drops frame the silver wire-wrapped bead caps holding each stone. Large geometric citrine crystal beads accentuate the apatite’s translucence.

In another beadweaving presentation I’m just completing, the apatite appears stronger, more earthy.

©2012 Mary Ellen Merrigan, apatite beadweaving focal

Earlier, I wrote about Calysta’s Dream, yet another beadweaving featuring apatite. Notice how the lime green delicas cause this piece to be more “in your face.”

©2012, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Calysta’s Dream beadweaving focal

Each of these three  pieces uses asparagus stone, yet each result is quite distinctive.

What stones naturally charm you?