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The name apatite is derived from the Greek apatáo, meaning ‘I am mistaken', since it was long mistaken with other stones. Apatite was not yet known in ancient mythology, and its often fascinating, strong blue colour has become famous only in modern times. It is the most common natural phosphate. It is the main constituent of bones and teeth in its hydroxylapatite form. It is found in both metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. It is a calcium phosphate containing chlorine, fluorine and OH ions. According to the dominance of these three components, we speak of fluorapatite, chlorapatite and hydroxyapatite. There are also yellow varieties with the phenomenon of shimmer.
Neon blue, green, purple, pink, yellow, black
OriginAmong the most notorious localities for their crystals are Minas Gerais (Brazil), Panasqueira (Portugal), Durango (Mexico), Greenwood (United States), Zillerthal (Austria), Greenville (Canada) and even Burma, South Africa, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Norway, Pakistan, France ...
VirtuesApatite is a stone known to be beneficial for bones, teeth and the skeleton in its entirety, therefore indicated for all growth-related problems such as rickets and also for combating rheumatism, arthritis etc. It is recommended in diets because it reduces the feeling of hunger by regulating metabolism. Its different varieties each have their additional curative characteristics related to their color, virtues therefore to advise according to each profile.
SpecificationsFrom a mineralogical point of view, apatite is leader of the group of phosphates. Apatite is a source of phosphorus that has multiple industrial uses and whose deposits are scattered all over the world but also in the human body.
HistoryThe name apatite is derived from the Greek apatáo, meaning ‘I am mistaken', since it was long mistaken with other stones.
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