Apatite Gemstone Beads from Rings & Things: The name apatite is quite appropriate, considering this mineral makes up the teeth in all vertebrate animals (and teeth are used to satisfy one's appetite!). In fact, it comprises more than 60% of the bones and teeth in humans, fish, birds, cows, and even mammoths and dinosaurs. Apatite is a calcium phosphate that is typically green, but also can be blue, yellow, reddish-brown, violet, yellow-green ("asparagus stone"), colorless or multicolored.
Apatite is best utilized in earrings and necklaces, where it is least vulnerable to damage and will catch the light for optimum shine. Never use a steamer, hot water or ultrasonic cleaner with apatite. Mild soap, lukewarm tap water and a soft cloth are the best cleaning tools, as they won't scratch the surface or diminish its luster.
While the stone has been associated with appetite suppression for centuries, few other traditions are known. Unlike shale and other rocks, apatite can uniquely preserve soft-tissue fossils. Apatite precipitates (condenses) very rapidly, forming tiny crystals that replace the muscles, blood vessels and other tissues in ancient animals. Its small crystal size means apatite can preserve delicate details of the fossilized animals' structure, providing a wealth of information for researchers. This corresponds nicely with metaphysical theory, which holds that apatite can stimulate the thoughts and ideas, and help people maintain focus, learn, concentrate effectively and think clearly. Psychics use the stone to open the third eye and bring revelations closer. Many also say it brings love, harmony and peace. Healers say it is helpful for fighting viruses and controlling weight gain. More info about Apatite.