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Mineralogy of Apatite


Apatite (Fluorapatite), Ipirá complex, Bahia, Brazil

Mineral Family: Phosphates

Chemical Composition:  Ca5(F,CI, OH)[PO4]3
Cleavage:  Indistinct
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
Gravity:  3.16-3.23
Hardness:  5 – Apatite is the Moh’s scale ‘defining mineral’ for 5
Luminescence:  Red, strong (short wave)
Luster:  Vitreous
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.  

Associated Minerals: Calcite, Diopside, Feldspar, Magnetite, Muscovite, and Quartz

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. 


Oleney Ruchey Apatite Mine, Kola Peninsula, Russia. The Apatite in this mine will be used to make plant fertilizers.

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


Photos: Raw Apatite CrystalApatite Mine

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.  

hand-fertilizerApatite 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. 

Photos: Fertilizer

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.

Earth to Pocket

Earth to Pocket is the Moonrise Crystal business mission.  It’s the promise that any stones purchased here will be consciously sourced and the journey of the stone, from the Earth and into your Pocket, will be as transparent as possible.

These Apatites were mined in Brazil and polished in Hong Kong.

I first met the Hong Kong tumbling company at the 2014 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. Despite their beautiful tumbled stones, I was reluctant at first to buy from them.  A particular concern was their tumbled Coral, which I feared was illegally harvested from the wild. When I asked them, they told me their Coral was actually grown in an aquaculture. After our conversation about the Coral and several other stones, I purchased from the tumbling company with confidence.


It would be my pleasure to hand-select a beautiful Apatite for you.

Your Stone

This price is for one stone.  You can buy a single Apatite or several, depending on your individual needs.  Each Apatite measures approximately 1 inch at its longest length and has a flat disc shape with soft edges.  Tumbled stones are natural products and variations are part of their beauty.

The stone I choose for you will be smooth and free of chips, and be a vivid bright blue.  If you buy multiple stones, I will choose stones that look and feel particularly good together.  Stones will be cleansed and smudged with sage before being shipped to you.

With their beautiful color and clean energies, these Apatites are perfect for crystal healing.  Because Apatite is a more fragile stone, it is best enjoyed on an altar or to create crystal elixirs.

Safe Handling of Apatite


Apatite is a fragile stone that can easily break or chip! They should not be casually carried in a pocket or in a medicine bag.  They are best kept as collectors pieces or on an altar, handling with care.

Good To Know:

Apatite can be physically cleansed with water or a dusting cloth.

Apatite can be energetically cleansed using any method.  They will appreciate being soaked in fresh water, set outside to absorb the moonlight, and/or being smudged with smoke or incense.  Use your own intuition to determine the best method.

Tumbled and fully smooth Apatite can be safely used to make direct-infusion “Apatite Water” for drinking or bathing.  Before making any direct-infusion elixir ALWAYS check the mineralogical properties of the stone to ensure it is not toxic.  Only use fully tumbled stones or natural Quartz points in direct-infusion elixirs, never rough stones.  When in doubt, make an indirect-infusion elixir instead.


  1. Tommie W. (Texas)


  2. Joy H. (California)

    This stone has a very nice deep blue-green color. The shape is more of a very thin square wafer, which is not what I generally think of as a palm stone type shape, but it’s still pretty.

  3. Mark C. (California)

    Shipped very quickly. Smaller than expected though.

  4. Christopher J. (Maryland)

    Fast ship! Great item!

  5. Alexandra M. (Michigan)

    Julie is a great person to buy from! She makes every little stone personal, and I do enjoy the teas she sends with my purchases as well. Her stones are a little pricey but I love how she guarantees their origins. This particular stone was smaller than expected but still beautiful.

  6. Barbara K. (Pennsylvania)

    Beautiful! Love the energy!

  7. Lori B. (Colorado)

    all my stones are gorgeous. julie is amazing too!

  8. Tanya N. (California)

    It was such a delight when I received my precious gemstones. Always fast shipping and wonderful service. 🙂

  9. Cheryl V. (New York)

    Apatite is a beautiful bright blue, very nice!!! Shipped fast and packaged well.

  10. Jen R. (Florida)

    Thank you SO much! Beautiful and great energy! 🙂

  11. Toni S. (Idaho)

    Fast shipping and EXCELLENT service! What a sweetheart to work with! Very pleased with our purchases & all she did for us!

  12. Amber D. (California)

    gorgeous! Super nice seller! 5 Stars!!

  13. John L. (Missouri)

    Nice Color In An Apatite Tumblestone. Fast & Friendly Service! Thanks Again!

  14. John L. (Missouri)

    Vivid Color In A Well Polished Apatite! Fast & Friendly Service! Thank You!

  15. Jennifer S. (Colorado)

    I received the stones today, and the first words out of my mouth were “oh, wow”. They are all amazing!

  16. Jennifer S. (Colorado)

    This is such a beautiful deep blue stone and was exactly what I was looking for. Thank you!

  17. Catherine R. (New Jersey)


  18. Yasmine G. (Washington)

    Got here quickly, lovely stones.

  19. Patti N. (Texas)

    Julie is an excellent seller—-always sends the best crystals!!!

  20. Stephanie M. (California)

    Beautiful stones! Just as described and fast shipping. Great seller! A+++

  21. Mike C. (New Jersey)

    Excellent as always, Highest Quality, My favorite seller! 5 stars all day! ★★★★★

  22. Julie

    In the end, all’s well that ends well. Despite the initial disappointment at only receiving one Apatite when she hoped for more, Sarabeth and I ended up having a long and fascinating conversation. She was in the middle of designing a beautiful walking stick that she intended to use after an upcoming surgery. I was able to recommend a few additional stones for her purpose and then added some glittery Burnt Citrines in that second package as a surprise good energy gift! If you’d like to see the final result – please visit the Moonrise Crystals Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MoonriseCrystals?ref=tn_tnmn) and scroll down to June 11, 2015

  23. Ilona S. (Connecticut)

    Never had one so dark! Thanks!

  24. Sarabeth R. (Massachusetts)

    Very fast shipping. thought i’d get more cuz pic but i guess i misread.Nicelady

  25. Katrina N. (New Mexico)

    Perfect! Thank you!

  26. Karla C. (Illinois)

    It’s a gorgeous rich blue color! So amazing!

  27. Ilona S. (Connecticut)

    Thank you so much!

  28. Cheri H. (Ohio)

    Absolutely Beautiful Stone, Fast Shipping, Star Super Seller, Thank You

  29. Michael P (Pennsylvania)

    I wanted to share my thanks for selecting such a beautiful apatite stone for me. Also, I thought you might appreciate this…When I first placed the stone in my hand, I immediately got a smile on my face and felt light-hearted! So, I put it back down and came back to it a little later on in the day and got the same reaction! What a neat stone and energy! I love it! Thanks, again!

  30. Kelly W. (Minnesota)

    Very happy 🙂 Thanks again

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