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Apatite Gemstone

The best sources for the most brilliant colors of apatite crystals include Brazil, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar (Burma), Norway, Sri Lanka, South Africa and the United States. These wonderous beautiful Apatite gemstones comes in a wide range of colors ranging from neon and other shades of blue, colorless, purple, violet, pink, green, yellow and red.

Like most other minerals, the color depends on the additional minerals in the area where the apatite gemstone grows. The most in demand color is the rich purple found in Maine at Mount Apatite. From Brazil we find the 2nd most sought after color which is a brilliant blue color. Recently a neon blue-green variety has been minded in Madagascar that is quickly gaining in popularity.

The name apatite comes from the Greek word for deceive or cheat, which is apatao. Throughout history it has been called the deceitful or cheating stone because it is so easy to confuse it with other types of gemstones. While this is especially true in the cut stones used in jewelry, it is also true when it is in the raw crystal state as it is often mistaken for beryl and tourmaline.

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It has often been said, before you can change something, you must accept it as it is. This is very true for most people where excess weight is an issue. We become less than happy with ourselves and take on a negative view of our life and body. Apatite gemstone is multi-talented, helping us attune to our inner selves and accept the healing, communication, balancing and teaching it has to offer. This allows you to become comfortable with who you are now so you can make changes to create the person you want to be. An Apatite gemstone is also thought to help with appetite suppression.

The perfect gemstone for use on any of the chakras since it can both stimulate under activity and calm over activity while clearing congestion. Apatite gemstone helps in the development of psychic abilities and helps you attune your mind, body and soul to the spiritual forces that run throughout the universe.

Apatite gemsotnes helps bones to heal faster and stronger. It helps your body absorb calcium from the foods you eat, which helps to keep bones and teeth strong. To help ease the pain of arthritis, wrap the affected joint in an elastic bandage allowing it to hold one or more apatite crystals against the affected joint. This can help heal the pain and heal the joint faster.

To help lower high blood pressure, wear an apatite crystal so it hangs near the heart. Wearing one on a chain is fine or if all else fails, pin a stone to the inside of your shirt. Simply slip it inside a cotton bag and use a saftey pin to attach it.

An apatite gemstone is a great gift for anyone in the healthcare industry. It is often hard for healthcare workers to find the right words to say to their patients and these crystals are known for helping you find the life lesson meant to be learned from the situation and to express it to the patient in a way that helps them the most in their time of need.

Continue below for the Chakra, Astrological, Planetary and Elemental Properties.

For the metaphysical, magical and healing properties visit our Apatite Gemstone Part 2 page.

Chakra: Solar Plexus

Vibrates to the number 9

Astrological Sign: Gemini

Planetary Sign: Mercury

Element: Water

Apatite gemstone Technical Details

Chemical Composition and Name - calcium phosphate

Hardness - 5

Specific Gravity - 3.17-3.23

Refractive Index (R.I.) - 1.632-1.646

Cleavage: Poor, imperfect

Fracture: Conchoidal, brittle

Dispersion: Medium (.013-.016)

Heat sensitivity: High

Birefringence (double refraction): Weak (.002-.004)

Crystal structure: Hexagonal

Colors: blue, green, yellow, pink, violet, colorless