Apatite refers to a series of phosphate minerals; all the minerals in the apatite ‘family’ are calcium phosphates with identical structures. They differ in composition, with a number of minerals in their matrix. Fluorapatite contains fluorine, hydroxylapatite contains a hydroxil (OH), and chlorapatite contains chlorine, which creates a rainbow of colour in this group. Its name is derived from the Greek word apate, meaning “deceit,” which refers to its similarity to a number of gemstones such as aquamarine, olivine, beryl, peridot, and amethyst. It can be used as a gemstone, with a bright, strong colour but it is a stone on the softer side.
Apatite is a common mineral, formed in igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic rocks.It can be found in large terminated, clear points but is more commonly seen in masses or nodules as well-formed crystals with transparent, coloured and glassy properties. Fluorapatite occurs in fossil bones and teeth and hydroxylapatite is the principle component of our bones and teeth today.
|Properties & Characteristics||The wide range of colours is the reason apatite is confused with other stones. Bright greenish-blue apatite (primarily from Brazil) is known as ‘neon’ apatite. The name ‘asparagus stone’ is given to the yellow-green variety.It can be cut as a gemstone, but its softness keeps it from being widely (e.g. it’s not used widely in ring settings because it scratches easily) used or considered a precious gem.Blue-green apatite is very attractive when polished as it shows microcrystalline fragments, opaque layers and sometimes also specks of rutile which may give a sparkling effect. The purple variety of the stone is considered the most valuable.|
|Crystal System||Hexagonal or monoclinic|
|Colour||blue-green, green, yellow-green, yellow, pink, violet, clear|
|Transparency||Transparent to translucent|
|Fracture||Conchoidal to uneven|
|Locations||Mexico, Russia, Canada, Germany|
|Energy Uses||Helps with focus – can carry a stone with you when working on many tasks.Balance the body’s energy by placing a stone in each hand during a period of deep breathing.
Tie blue-green stones to chakra energy. Wear apatite during counselling sessions and strengthen aura energy by placing it over the Anahata centre while lying down.Place a stone over Ajna: the Brow or Third-Eye chakra (6th) to expand spiritual perception.
|Physical/Emotional Healing*||Aids while broken bones are mending or in dealing with pain from toothaches. May ease recovery after physical injury/trauma.Aids focus, concentration and problem solving. Helps to structure thinking and bring ideas into a clearer focus.
Expands awareness of and insight into other levels of consciousness.
|COLOUR ENERGY: BLUE-GREEN
Shades of blue-green or turquoise/teal combine the communication qualities of blue with the growth aspects of green and the colour is associated wth communication and intuition, as well as health, confidence and strength. Blue-green is the colour associated with water and the calming, relaxing feeling of being near water.Blue-green shades are associated with emotional healing process by mingling the forgiving, loving energy of Anahata: the Heart chakra (4th) with the communicating properties of Visshudha: the Throat chakra (5th), thereby aiding the gentle release of emotional trauma through counselling or talking and writing.