Apatite

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I recently bought one of these beauties from a Gem show in town called Gem storm. The one I got was a Flourapitate.

HISTORY:

Apatite is named for the Greek word apate.  It is pronounced as ap-a-tite. However, it means deceit. This fits because Apatite gems tend to look very similar to other gems.  Gems in this group was discovered in 1786, 1832, 1860 and 1990’s.   Up until recently these gems were never used in Jewelry because its a very soft stone and can be delicate. Due to its many colours its become quite popular.

COLOURS:

Depending on each gem stone in this group the colours can range from almost anything. The colours of these gems are; purple, blue, pink, brown, gray, green, violet, red-brown, white, yellow and even colourless.

SPECIAL PROPERTIES:

Apatite is said to bring many benefits to those who own it. It can help with the immune system, cleanses the glandular, lymphatic and meridian systems as well. Mentally it can help with negative emotions relating to self conscious. Also it helps the wearer accept things in their life like love, self love, comfort and support.

CARING FOR YOUR STONE:

This is some extra information that is important to know with these gems. The best cleaning method for your gem is washing ti in warm soapy water. It is risky if you try a ultrasonic cleaning.  Do not expose the stone to any acids, high heat or rough wear.  If its expose to large amount of heat it will lose its colour or it’ll change colours. A lot of light can make the colour fade if the stone is pink. Be careful not to scratch or damage the stone in any way. If your stone is in a jewelry form, place it in a different area than the rest of your jewelry to prevent scratches. You could also wrap it in a felt cloth when putting it away.

TYPES OF GEMS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM. 

Here is a list of the different types of apatite and what they look like. However as mentioned above they do come in different colours.

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Fluorapatite

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Chlorapatite

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Hydroxyapatite

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Carbon-Apatite

Chlorophane (photo won’t upload) – navy Blue/Green
Maganapatite (photo won’t upload)- white/brown, baby blue, pruple/blue, pink, light green
Sammite (photo won’t upload) baby blue,  brown, pink, pruple/brown, clear
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Staff-Apatite

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Strontium Apatite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apatite gems can be found in Canada, Russia, U.S.A, Mexico, Germany, South Africa, Australia,  Afghanistan, Portugal, Pakistan, Austria and Brazil.

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