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Apatite Origin & Physical Properties

Apatite is a phosphate mineral which forms in tabular, prismatic hexagonal crystals. Although apatite as a mineral is quite common, transparent blue apatite that is clean enough to facet into gems are quite rare. Colors of Apatite crystals of gem quality range from electric blue and indigo, to yellows and greens.

The most valuable Apatite gems are cut from Brazilian crystals with neon indigo blue color, similar to that of Paraiba Indicolite tourmalines. Larger gems are much more expensive as crystals large and clean enough to facet are quite rare.

Blue Apatite of gem quality is found in Madagascar and Brazil, while clean yellow crystals are found in abundance in the Atlas mountains of Morocco. Apatite formed in pegmatites when magma cooled, creating cracks and fissures where the crystals formed over millions of years.




 Chemical Composition  Ca5(PO4)3(F,Cl,OH)
 Mohs Hardness   5
 Luster  Vitreous to subresinous
 Specific Gravity  3.16–3.22
 Refractive Index  1.63-1.64
 Fluorescence   Blue to light-blue; green stones – greenish-yellow
Crystal System   Hexagonal 
 Diaphaneity  Transparent to translucent
 Color  blue, Green, yellow
 Origin  Brazil, Myanmar, Mexico
 Chakra  Throat (5th)
 Zodiac   Pisces, Gemini
Element  Air
 Metaphysical Effects  Communication, clarity, confidence, spiritual attunement, motivation

Apatite Healing & Metaphysical Properties

Apatite History & Mythology

In ancient times Apatite was often mistaken for Tourmaline, Aquamarine and Emerald, leading to its name, derived from the Greek word ‘apato’, or ‘deceit’.

As a gemstone, Apatite is fairly unknown and its stunning beauty is largely a secret held by collectors. Only in the last decade, its notoriety has began to spread. The neon blue apatites of Madagascar and Brazil are the most sought after and hold the most value.