Apatite Meaning Properties and Great Photos
An Introduction to the Mineral Apatite
Although often referred to simply as apatite, the name describes a group of phosphate minerals which include hydroxyapatite, fluorapatite and chlorapatite. Fluorapatite is by far the most common and hydroxyapatite is the main component of tooth enamel and a mineral found in bones.
Apatite is used extensively in industry for the purpose of producing fertiliser because it's a rich source of phosphorous.
Although occasionally used as a gemstone it's not popular because it's quite soft so scratches easily. On Mohs scale of mineral hardness apatite grades 5 and it's the index mineral for this level of hardness.
When used for jewellery stones tend to be cut as cabochons. This is because apatite is brittle which can make cutting very difficult. Some of the finest crystals are faceted but often end up with imperfections.
Apatite crystals occasionally feature inclusions of the mineral rutile which can cause slight chatoyance. Where this optical phenomenon is present stones tend to be known as Cats Eye.
Apatite crystals occur in many different colours and can also be colourless or multicoloured. Blue apatite is particularly popular but mostly with rock and mineral collectors. Due to its fragility it's a difficult material to work with. Stones are 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
Apatite can help connect to past lives, increase psychic ability and deepen the state of meditation. In tune with the mind, it's a stone for motivation that helps increase 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 apatite offers a revitalising boost by releasing energy in the base chakra. Blue apatite is a stone for spiritual guidance that 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.
The apatite stones featured in the photos in this article come from our own collection. Images are clickable and redirect to the original non-compressed images.