Apatite is the name of a group of phosphate minerals with similar chemical compositions and physical properties. They are an important constituent of phosphorite, a rock mined for its phosphorus content and used to make fertilizers, acids, and chemicals.
Uses of Apatite as Phosphate Rock:
Most of the phosphate rock mined throughout the world is used to produce phosphate fertilizer. It is also used to produce animal feed supplements, phosphoric acid, elemental phosphorous, and phosphate compounds for the chemical industry.
China is the largest producer of phosphate rock, producing approximately 100 million tons in 2014. The United States, Russia, Morocco, and Western Sahara are also major phosphate producers. Over 75% of the world's reserves of phosphate rock are located in Morocco and Western Sahara.
Phosphate rock is the only material that can be used to produce enough fertilizer to satisfy world demand. Without it, farmers would not be able to produce enough food to feed the world's population. It is surprising that one type of rock, a rock that most people know nothing about, is so important to keeping the world fed and alive.
Apatite was first discovered in 1786 by A.G. Werner ,but it’s name came from the Greek word meaning “to deceive” , due to many people mistaking it for other minerals such as Peridot and Beryl.
Apatite is a dual-action stone, known for its positive use of personal power to achieve goals. It clears away confusion, apathy or negativity, then, stimulates the intellect to expand knowledge and truth, which may be used for personal growth or for the collective good. It is a Stone of Manifestation, promoting a humanitarian outlook and service to others.
A stone of the throat chakra, Blue Apatite helps with public speaking and enhances group communication.
It is also said to improves concentration and memory skills, and is a good crystal for study purposes. It aids in time management when working on projects.
Blue Apatite is particularly supportive for business consultants, and account or investment managers. It is equally helpful in times of unemployment or a reduction in work hours to find alternative employment, and may be supportive of those forced into early retirement.
Apatite enhances creativity and awakens the finer, inner self.
Blue Apatite, when worn, carried, or used as an elixir, has successfully produced hunger suppression.
It also helps alleviate fear associated with dental treatment.