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Apatite Properties Facts and Photos

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Introduction to the Mineral Apatite

Although this mineral is often referred to simply as apatite, the name describes a group of phosphate minerals.  It includes hydroxyapatite, fluorapatite and chlorapatite.  Fluorapatite is by far the most common.  Hydroxyapatite is the main component of tooth enamel and is also found in bones.

Apatite is used extensively in industry for the purpose of producing fertiliser.  This is because it's a rich source of phosphorous.

Although occasionally used as a gemstone it's not a popular choice because it's quite soft so scratches easily.  On Mohs scale of mineral hardness apatite grades 5.  It also happens to be the index mineral for this level of hardness.

When used for jewellery apatite tends to be as a cabochon.  This is because it's brittle which makes cutting difficult.  Some of the finest stones are faceted but often have imperfections.

Apatite crystals occasionally feature inclusions of the mineral rutile.  This can cause slight chatoyance.  Where this optical phenomenon is present stones tend to be known as Cats Eye.

collection of rough green apatite crystals

Apatite occurs in many different colours and can also be colourless or multicoloured.  Blue apatite is particularly popular but mostly with rock and mineral collectors.  The stone's fragility makes it a difficult stone to work with.

Apatite is often heat treated which enhances the colour.

The German geologist who described and named the mineral zoisite wrote in regards to apatite, "until now it has misled all mineralogists in its identification".  The name originated from Greek for 'to deceive' or 'to be deceptive' because it can be difficult to identify.  It can also be easily mistaken for other similar looking stones.

Apatite Healing Properties

When used for its healing properties apatite helps connect to past lives, increases psychic ability and deepens the state of meditation.

In tune with the mind, it's a stone for motivation that helps improve energy and enthusiasm to see a task through to completion.  It encourages openness especially in social situations, dissolves awkwardness and raises self esteem.

Apatite stimulates the mind, dispels doubt and confusion and encourages creativity.  For those who work too hard or feel emotionally drained it offers a revitalising boost by releasing energy in the base chakra.

Blue apatite is a stone for spiritual guidance.  It enhances communication particularly when speaking in public.  Green apatite replenishes energy levels by treating lethargy and lack of concentration.  It nourishes the spirit and gently dissolves anger and frustration.

Article Pictures

The blue and green apatite stones in our photos come from our collection.  Both images are clickable.

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