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Properties of apatite, physiological effects, zodiac signs and apatite jewelry.
The name apatite was given by the German geologist Gottlob Werner, although it was later renamed fluorapatite. Apatite can be easily confused with other minerals, as its name suggests, which comes from the Greek word “apatein,” which means deceptive or misleading. Apatite is actually a phosphate mineral. It can be distinguished from beryllium and tourmaline by its hardness, as it is only 5 on the Mohs scale. It often fluoresces in ultraviolet light. Fluorapatite is more resistant to acids than hydroxyapatite.
Chemical and physical properties of apatite:
Crystal system: hexagonal
Category: phosphate mineral
Color: usually green, but also colourless, yellow, blue, violet, pink and brown
Transparency: transparent- translucent
Fracture: conchoidal- uneven
Mohs scale hardeness: 5,0
Specific gravity: 3,16 – 3,22 g/cm³
Major metaphysical healing properties attributed to apatite:
It helps with the absorption of calcium, strengthens bones and teeth, strengthens cartilage, regenerates cells, helps with metabolism, weight loss, deacidifies, improves the nervous system, resilience, improves communication, gives peace of mind, relieves sadness.
Zodiacs associated with apatite gemstones:
Apatite is the gemstone of the zodiac sign of Gemini.
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Genesis of apatite
Apatite is one of the rare minerals produced in biological microenvironmental systems.
Rocks collected on the moon by astronauts contained traces of apatite.
Ectomycorrhizal fungi of Suillus granulatus and Paxillus involutus can release elements, including phosphate, from apatite, which is one of the most important activities of these fungi.
Use of apatite
Apatite is primarily used as a phosphate source in fertilizer manufacturing and other industrial areas. Sometimes the more beautiful, transparent pieces that are polished are also used as gemstones.
Occurence of the apatite
Mexico, Burma, Brazil are the main sites, but can also be found in the Czech Republic, Germany, Madagascar, India, South Africa, Spain, Canada, and the United States, among others.