Fluorapatite, Hydroxil-apatite, Clorapatite, Augustite, Asparagus Stone (green variety)
This is a transparent or transluscent gemstone which scores a 5 on the Mohs hardness rating, meaning it is neither very hard nor very soft. It can appear in a wide range of colours, including yellow, red, pink, purple, green and blue, as well in multi-coloured specimens.
Apatite can actually be considered three different minerals, depending on the prevalence of fluorine, chlorine or the hydroxyl group within it. All are normally present, with one in greater amounts giving it one of the alternative names mentioned above.
The name Apatite comes from the Greek ‘apatao’ meaning ‘to deceive’, as Apatite can easily be confused for a number of other stones including tourmaline, peridot and beryl. Interestingly the phosphates in Apatite are the same as in bones and teeth, making the stone’s name (Apatite / appetite) quite apt.
This stone can be used to aid hypertension and suppress the appetite. Apatite strengthens the heart and other muscles, and helps the body absorb calcium and magnesium. It can be used to help bone, nail and cartilage problems, or to aid faster, healthier growth in plants. Apatite can also be used with the throat, kidneys and small intestines.
Apatite can be used in conjunction with other crystals to quickly manifest their effects. It can also be used to balance the chakras, and ones physical, mental, emotional and spiritual states. It is said to boost ones confidence, intelligence and imagination. Through its association with the throat chakra, Apatite is said to aid communication and help your public speaking.
Apatite can help clear your thoughts, bring focus and aid meditation. It can also help you let go of things you no longer need in your life – even when you don’t want to see them go.