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.
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.”
Each of these three pieces uses asparagus stone, yet each result is quite distinctive.
What stones naturally charm you?