Apatite, Blue (Disc)
Celebrate and live in the present moment.
Heighten creativity, intuition, and intellect.
Develop good habits for a healthy living.
Express yourself with grace and accuracy.
Let Apatite teach you how to love your life.
Healing Properties of Apatite
Spiritual: Apatite is a merry stone that promotes a rich love of people, social situations, and being of service to others. It is a stone for happy inspiration and manifestation, and gives us both strength and hope to pursue our dreams, even when times are difficult and the path forward seems daunting. Apatite helps us to laugh more, and dispel the darkness. Apatite can also help us to develop our natural psychic gifts including clairvoyance, clairaudiance, and clairsentience, and to open up communication with other realms including the Fairy Kingdom and extraterrestrials. Interestingly, Apatite simultaneously helps us become more aware of past lives and their effects on us today, while also helping us to stay in the present. It actively encourages us to break any karmic ties that hold us back from living happily in this lifetime. Apatite is attuned to the Third Eye Chakra and links to the astrological sign of Gemini. It is connected to the Elements of Wind, and vibrates to the number 9.
Emotional: Apatite is one of the best stones to carry to encourage a love of life, easy friendships, and extroverted behavior. It helps reverse feelings of apathy, irritability, and emotional exhaustion. Apatite gives us merry permission to pursue our passions in all forms, and to ignore socially proscribed guilt for doing so. Apatite encourages us to live outside of the box, to try new things and be open to variety and spontaneity. It invites us to be more adventurous in our relationships, both romantic and friendly, encouraging us to seek out people different than ourselves – good people who can help us grow and become more interesting in our own right.
Mental: Apatite helps us to concentrate on happy thoughts and to not dwell on past hardships. It stimulates creativity and the intellect, helping us to find and understand Truth in all its forms. Apatite makes a wonderful dream stone, encouraging lucid dreaming. It also aids in group communication and assists us in accurate self-expression. Apatite is particularly supportive for anyone who is involved in social work, charity work, or has dedicated their life to public service. Apatite instills in us a hope for a better future and a willingness to work hard and be part of the solution, rather than complaining about the problems. Apatite clears away mental confusion so we can focus on whatever is most important.
Physical: Apatite is said to stimulate healthy eating habits and repair damage to metabolism and teeth. It has been used by metaphysical healers to help with posture, arthritis, and joint problems, as well as to increase the healing speed for broken bones. It is also believed to soothe headaches as well as eye problems.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Mineralogy of Apatite
Mineral Family: Phosphates
Chemical Composition: Ca5(F,CI, OH)[PO4]3
Color: Blue; can also be colorless, pink, yellow, green, violet
Crystal System: Hexagonal or monoclinic
Form/Habit: Short to long prismatic, tabular
Fracture: Conchoidal, brittle
Hardness: 5 – Apatite is the Moh’s scale ‘defining mineral’ for 5
Luminescence: Red, strong (short wave)
Streak: White to yellow-grey
Transparency: Transparent to opaque
Location: Apatite deposits are located in Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Norway, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, and the United States (most notably Maine, but also California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, and Utah).
Mineral Family: The name Apatite actually refers to a group of minerals, all of which belong to the phosphate family. Phosphate minerals all contain Phosphorus and Oxygen in a 1:4 ratio (written as PO4), which are then combined with various other elements to create unique minerals. Other famous phosphate minerals include Lazulite, Turquoise and Variscite. The name Apatite is commonly used for several types of minerals which come in a wide range of colors, and as such Apatite may be considered the most common of all Phosphate minerals. Apatite is actually composed of the same materials that form animal and human bones and teeth. The most beautiful Apatite mineral and gemstone, and the type most desired by collectors, is Fluorapatite, which combines Phosphorus and Oxygen with a Fluoride source.
Formation: Apatite typically forms well-shaped hexagonal crystals, but may also grow tabular or columnar crystals, or in huge beds of massive material. Apatite may occur alongside fossils and associated sediments, as well as in a wide range of igneous rocks. Most gem-quality and collectors stones are found in pegmatites. NASA’s Apollo program also found traces of Apatite in some moon rocks.
Mining: Apatite is most often mined in massive bedded marine deposits which are mined for phosphorus to be used in fertilizers. Because Apatite occasionally contains ‘rare earth minerals’, it may also be specifically mined as ore for these rare elements, since, unlike most rare earth ores, Apatite is non-radioactive and does not pose an environmental hazard. Apatite may also be found as an accessory gem in a large range of mining environments, ranging from huge open pits to small mines operated by hand.
Enhancements: Synthetic Apatites have been created in laboratories. However, all tumbled Apatites are almost certain to be fully natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
Synonyms: Asparagus Stone, Asparagolite, Augustite, Chlorapatite, Fluoraptite, Hydroxlapatite, Phosphorus of Lime, and Sombrerite
History of Apatite
Apatite is a relatively new stone for the metaphysical community, and as such was not included in any of the ancient or medieval lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. It may, however, be included in many of the newest lapidaries. The most famous form of Apatite is the blue gemstone variety.
Apatite is easily confused with other minerals, especially Beryls, such as Aquamarine and Emerald, as well as various shades of Calcite. In fact, Apatite’s name comes from the Greek word apatao, meaning “to delude” precisely because of this confusion! Apatite was first defined as a distinct mineral in 1786, but today the name ‘Apatite is used to describe an entire group of phosphate minerals, which come in a wide range of colors Apatite crystals are the primary source for the phosphate used to create plant fertilizers, and is widely use by chemical and pharmaceutical companies.
Ethically Sourced Blue Apatite
The Miners sell to a rough Gem Dealer/Exporter.
The Gem Dealer sells to the Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is clean and relatively short.
The Mine and Lapidary are in different countries and at least one middleman is involved.
This Blue Apatite is a byproduct of industrial phosphate mining.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Blue Apatite was polished in Hong Kong, China.
The Lapidary is a female-owned business.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first met the owner of the Hong Kong tumbling company at the 2014 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. A language barrier coupled with the quick pace of the gem show, makes it difficult to discuss sensitive or complicated topics. Every year I speak with the owner, often asking questions about the same stones, but getting slightly different answers. The communication problem makes me highly selective about which stones I will buy from her. If the stone is from mainland China, and I can independently determine its likely mining origin, I will buy it since short supply chains are important. If a stone is from another country, I am more cautious.
Safe Handling of Apatite
Apatite Tumbled Stone
Color: Bright blue. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
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