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Apophyllite | Get to Know This Mineral Properly

limz Published On Thu Feb 13 2020   Modified On Thu Feb 13 2020
Apophyllite | Get to Know This Mineral Properly

Apophyllite is a hydrated silicate and fluoride of calcium and potassium that is commonly found in combination with yellow Stilbite. As it has high water content, these stones can conduct electricity. These stones are quite popular among minerals and gems collectors.

Apophyllite symbolizes truth, compassion, honesty, confidence, hope, trust, happiness, and peace.

Let us learn more about Apophyllite.

Meaning

Apophyllite is a group of three minerals - Fluorapophyllite, Hydroxyapophyllite, and Natroapophyllite. These stones are associated with the zodiac sign of Gemini and it helps to open up and balance the third-eye and crown chakra. It helps to improve wisdom and insight, increase foresight, heighten consciousness, connect to the universe, promote intuition, and connect with guides.

Origin and History

Apophyllite Crystal.
Apophyllite Crystal.
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The name "Apyphollite" came from the Greek word "apophylliso" which means "to break". This name was given in 1800 in allusion to the way it flakes apart when heated, due to water loss. These stones are found worldwide and some of the fine specimens come from Scotland, the US, Canada, Brazil, India, Norway, and Mexico. In Ancient Greek, it was used to relieve asthma, allergies, and enhance clairvoyance and psychic visions.

Formation Process

The specimens of Apyphollite are found in ancient lava and basalt flows. These crystals grow amygdules, vesicles, or geodes and are formed by air bubbles when the rock was molten. It can also be found in the voids in the contact metamorphic zone limestones that surround intrusive rocks.

Formula

The chemical formula of Apyphollite is (K, Na)Ca4Si8O20(F, OH)·8H2O. These stones have a hardness of 4.5-5 on the Mohs scale and they have a vitreous to pearly luster. 

Types

Chromocyclite is the only variety of Apophyllite.

Colors Available

Natural Green Apophyllite Crystal.
Natural Green Apophyllite Crystal.
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  • Clear
  • White
  • Green
  • Yellow
  • Pink
  • Violet
  • Brown

Mines Available

  • North Mine, New South Wales, Australia
  • Mt. Lindsay Mine, Tasmania, Australia
  • Jeffrey Mine, Quebec, Canada
  • Potosí Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico
  • Kirovsky Mine, Murmansk Oblast, Russia

Cost Per Carat

The cost of Apophyllite is $6 to $100 per carat according to its size and quality.

Uses

Apophyllite is only used as a mineral specimens.

Spiritual Properties

  • Apophyllite helps to energize your spirits, be happier within yourself, rebalance the aura, amplify the energy, intensify your inner vision, and remove any negative energy.
  • These stones can promote unconditional love, promote soothing and lucid dreams, live life to the fullest, discover your true nature, and purifies your heart.
  • It also helps to relieve stress and anxiety, aid eyesight, regulate your body functions, combat fatigue, improve mental clarity, and aid skin regeneration.

Facts

Apophyllite Gemstone.
Apophyllite Gemstone.
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  • Apophyllite is structurally related to the zeolite family of aluminosilicates.
  • The cleavage of this stone is perfect on one side.
  • It has an uneven fracture and its specific gravity is 2.3 - 2.4.
  • These stones have a tetragonal crystal system and a white streak.

Jewelry Stores Near You

  • Rocks & Gems, Banff, Alberta, Canada
  • Tyson's Fine Minerals, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Tucson Mineral & Gem World, Tucson, Arizona, US

Online Stores

  • Etsy
  • The Arkenstone

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