What is Apatite?
Apatite is a phosphate mineral that is found in many colors and formations. It has a distinctive crackly appearance thanks to the organic veins, pits and crevices on the surface of the stone. The stone is found translucent to transparent in clarity. Very rarely you will find an Apatite with chatoyancy, the iridescent play of light like you see in Tigers Eye crystals.
Lisa's Personal Experience with Apatite
Although it comes in several colors, my passion lies with blue Apatite. The blue tone in Apatite is such a strong and unique color, like the deep blue hue of tropical Hawaiian waters.
When Apatite of Madagascar started to become more readily available, I went on a shopping frenzy. I adore Apatite balls. They are so crackly and grainy, yet highly attractive.
I think one of the most appealing healing benefits of Apatite is its ability to help you on your weight loss journey. Hey, who doesn't need an extra cheerleader on the path toward healthy living and mindful eating?!
My favorite Apatite piece is a rounded bead bracelet that was handmade by Sheila and can be found in our I Dig Crystals custom jewelry line.
Sheila's Personal Experience with Apatite
Apatite is not very well known in the jewelry world. I think it's a little bit more sought after in the crystal healing world, but not that much more.
I first came across Apatite in small green nugget formation. Turns out this light green version is called Asparagus stone. I have always been fascinated with raw stones, so these shiny green gems drew me in immediately. I then discovered that Apatite comes in many colors. I have only seen these green, yellow and blue versions in person. I heard the purple Apatites from Maine are a marvelous color.
Now, like my sister Lisa, I am drawn to the brilliant blue Apatite. I love gazing at an extraordinary large Apatite skull I have in my personal collection. The rich blue colors have me falling into a dreamland where everything I wish for comes true.
Luckily, Apatite is also a stone of manifestation and I am a lover of the law of attraction. I hold my blue Apatite skull when I want to focus on my goals. Plus, it makes an attractive centerpiece in my home, beloved by my husband who is a big skull lover.
Mineral Facts about Apatite
Apatite is a group of phosphorous minerals. The three main groups include Fluorapatite, Chlorapatite and Hydroxylapatite. Fluoroapatite is the most common one so when you are buying Apatite, you are most likely getting this group. In the gem trade, Apatite is not classified by its group, so you will just get it under its main name.
Hardness: 5 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness (same hardness as a knife blade)
Composition: Calcium fluoro-chloro-hydroxyl phosphate
Fracture: Conchoidal (clam-like concave like when glass breaks)
Luster: Vitreous (glassy), Greasy
Streak Color (can vary from surface color, this is the color of the crystals’ powdered minerals): White
Crystal System: Hexagonal(3 equal axis @ 120’ to one another)
What Colors does Apatite come in?
Apatite comes in a variety of colors. Apatite is usually a shade of green, but may also be found in vivid blues, purples, yellows, pinks, clear and reddish browns. Because it comes in so many colors, it is often confused with other gemstones. In fact, it was named after the Greek word for "deceit" or "cheat", as it can easily deceive you into thinking it is another stone.
When buying Apatite, it is usually untreated. However, some of the Blue Apatite can be heated to bring out its color intensity.
What are the best Apatite crystals?
Based on our customer stories and recommendations, we found out that these are some of the best Apatite crystals:
What are the Healing Properties of Apatite?
Connecting consciousness with the material world, Apatite is an excellent healing crystal to use for manifesting our physical desires. As long as these desires align with a positive outcome for all the people around you, Apatite is the stone for you.
Besides manifesting your dreams, Apatite also holds the following healing properties:
Expressing yourself clearly
Relaxing you in social situations
Easing anger and frustrations
Blue Apatite opens the Throat Chakra to help you communicate in a public setting.
Green Apatite balances the Heart Chakra to better give and receive love energy.
Yellow Apatite opens the Solar Plexus Chakra to eliminate lethargy, poor digestion and toxins.
Metaphysical Uses for Apatite
Because Apatite is a phosphorous mineral found naturally in our physical bodies, it can help energetically strengthen our energy bodies. Make a grid with Apatite stones to strengthen the skeletal system or place the stone on specific joints to strengthen the bones.
Hold Apatite spheres or eggs during meditation to go into a deeper hypnotic state.
Work with an Apatite heart stone to manifest love into your life.
Place Apatite polished or tumbled stones at the Throat Chakra to open your communication center.
Wear Apatite jewelry to ease your tensions during social events.
Clutch on to a raw piece of earth Apatite stone when you are feeling frustrated or angry and let it absorb your unwanted energies.
How is Apatite used in Everyday Life?
Besides metaphysically, gem quality Apatite is used in jewelry and polished stones. The minerals that are not good enough for these ornamental purposes can be found serving in other everyday uses:
Because it is a phosphate rock, Apatite is ground up and used as fertilizers. Phosphorus is an important mineral for plants to grow.
It is also used for animal feed supplements and phosphorous related compounds for the chemical industry.
Apatite can be used to add fluoride to water.
Apatite is used in the manufacturing industry for steel production and plasma tv screens.
Apatite is notably non-radioactive, so it is used to remove radioactive contamination from groundwater.
It contributed to the knowledge of the Moon's history when The Apollo 15 astronauts brought back lunar rocks that contained Apatite minerals.
Biological Apatites are used in dental implants and ongoing bone repair research.
Is Apatite Used in Jewelry?
Most Apatite is found in small grains, but when large crystals form, they are great for polished stones and jewels. Apatite is not very well represented in the gem industry because nice specimens are not so common.
Apatite is also crackly and soft, so the jewelry pieces that contain this precious gemstone are on the pricier side. When you get a deep blue or green jewel in this enigmatic stone, you're sure to treasure how it came to be.
Some people liken Apatite to the coveted Tourmaline family for its range of colors and alluring shine.
Are Teeth made of Apatite?
Yes, both bones and teeth of all animals, including humans, are made of Apatite. More specifically they contain Calcium Phosphate, which is found in the Hydroxylapatite group. Hydroxylapatite is in a group known as biological apatites.
Tiny little biological Apatite crystals form bones and teeth. Both Hydroxlapatite and Fluroapatite, the more prevalent of the Apatite group, are found in the enamel in your teeth. Hydroxlapatite composes 70% of your human bones.
Apatite Stone Video
Watch the Apatite video to see examples and get the answers to your Top 5 Questions of this impressive stone.
Caring for your Apatite
Apatite is a relatively soft stone plus it has a lot of natural crackly veins, so it's best to handle with care. It is sensitive to heat and chemicals. When wearing Apatite jewelry, make sure to take it off before showering or exercising.
Depending on how deep the cracks are, you can clean some Apatite formations in water. For the crystals that are polished smooth, you can put Apatite in water. For those with more rough characteristics, it's best to stick with a dry cloth.
If you are looking to clean, charge and program your Apatite metaphysically, check out the Crystal Care page.
Do you have an Affinity for Apatite?
Are you also partial to the blue colored Apatite? Do you have some Apatite stories to tell? Is this the first time you've heard of Apatite? We would love to hear about it.
You can email us directly or reach out in the contact box and either Lisa or Sheila will reply to you soon.