We are all intimately familiar with this mineral family, as it is the main inorganic ingredient of our bones and teeth, deposited along with collagen and various cells in a process called biomineralisation. It plays a key part in the global phosphorous cycle, an element so essential to life as we know it that Isaac Asimov referred to it as ‘life’s bottleneck, since environments impoverished in this element don’t support much of an ecosystem.
A calcium phosphate (often incorporating other elements such as chlorine or fluorine, hence the practice of adding fluoride to drinking water and toothpaste), apatite forms in volcanic or metamorphic rocks, using up the phosphorous that doesn’t fit into the crystal structure of the more common rock forming minerals. Common colours are green, blue and yellow, large gemmy crystals such as the one in the photo tend to form in pegmatites, the slow cooling remnants of granites that incorporate all the distilled rare elements from the world’s depths and crystallise them into a wide variety of beautiful gems. Once the volcanic rocks are eroded, the apatite is deposited in sedimentary environments, micro crystals being the principal constituent of phosphate rich rocks.
Crystals are usually hexagonal prisms, though 12 sided ones are not uncommon. Beryl (emerald, aquamarine) and tourmaline can be confused with it, and the name comes from a Greek word for deceit, as it is often confused with more valuable gems. The Mohs hardness of 5 gives it away, as a steel blade will scratch it, leaving the others unscathed.
It has an important use in geology, since it soaks up Uranium and Thorium, allowing it to be dated, and the tracks left by particles during fission of these elements within the crystal structure are often of use to metamorphic geologists trying to date the events that heated and squished the parent rock (known as the protolith). It is also vital to feeding the world, phosphate rich rocks (essentially fossil phosphorous, just like fossil fuels) are mined globally for use in fertilisers, without which we couldn’t sustain the current world population using the currently available sources.
It is also an ore for rare earth elements, and the hand spectroscope often reveals a maze of dark lines in the spectrum due to these impurities. Occasionally faceted for collectors, it is also used by painters who make their own pigments. Major sources of gem apatite include Brazil, Burma and Mexico.
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A big thank you to Allison at Sapphire Soul for sending me this August Balance Box. Sapphire Soul is a holistic beauty subscription box for your body, mind & soul. Gift your spirit exactly what it needs: Self-care, Inspiration and Love. I am very excited because I could use some stress relief, creativity vibes, and positive energy around me. I’ve never tried anything like this but I’m always open to trying new things!
There are 2 subscriptions you can purchase at Sapphire Soul a small balance box that is $28 a month or a large balance box that is $48 a month. Check out a little about the subscription boxes here.
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What did I get in my Sapphire Soul Balance Box? See below!
1. Soul Candy Spirit Jewel - use jewels for positivity. They’re also pretty on the outside and intention and focus for the inside.
2. Creativity Candle - focus on your intentions and energy you want to bring in while its lit. The candle also smells amazing!
3. Blue Apatite Stones - enhances aura and boosts self esteem. Eases headaches, helps heal addictions, bad habits and homesickness.
4. LA Fresh Eco Beauty Sample Makeup Wipe
5. Third Eye Chakra Essential Oil Spray - use to enhance your focus and create a clear, peaceful environment before bed. This spray is safe to use on the skin.
6. Guanabana Herbal Tea for Imagination and Insight
Not only does Blue Apatite energetically acts as a hunger suppressant, it eliminates blockages and returns the body to balance, it can cleanse the aura of cluttered energies, bringing a renewed sensation to the body, is a good stone to help balance the chakras, as well as the energies of Yin and Yang, and enhances manifestation of ideas to reality facilitating results. Pretty versatile don’t you think?
"Gil-galad was an Elven-king.
Of him the harpers sadly sing:
the last whose realm was fair and free
between the Mountains and the Sea.
His sword was long, his lance was keen,
his shining helm afar was seen;
the countless stars of heaven’s field
were mirrored in his silver shield.
But long ago he rode away,
and where he dwelleth none can say;
for into darkness fell his star
in Mordor where the shadows are.”
~ J.R.R. Tolkien (The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1))
Apatite enhances manifestation of ideas to reality and facilitates getting results, and has traditionally been associated with humanitarian efforts and teaching. As a Third-Eye Chakra Crystal, Apatite can initiate or increase the development of psychic abilities, such as clairvoyance and clairaudience. Meditation with an Apatite Crystal on the Third-Eye Chakra can open this chakra up to more subtle vibrations. Apatite is also known for bringing clarity of mind and expansion of insights, and is especially helpful when diligent study is needed to uncover the truth.
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