Apatite is actually the mineral that makes up the teeth and bones of all vertebrate animals. In 1786, the mineral was given its name by German geologist Abraham Gottlob Werner. The name comes from the Greek word apate, which means, "to deceive." Anthropomorphically speaking, apatite could be said to have deceived by allowing itself to be confused with some of the more valuable gems such as tourmaline, olivine, peridot, topaz and beryl.
In manufacturing, apatite is a source of phosphorus for fertilizer. Moon rocks brought back to earth by Apollo astronauts in the late 1960s and early 1970s were found to contain traces of apatite.
Apatite is aligned with the zodiac sign of Gemini.The gemstone is believed to decrease appetite (hunger) as well as enhance insight, creativity and learning. It is said that wearing apatite will enhance focus, clarity for concentration, intellect, acceptance and unconditional love. This acceptance and unconditional love relates to the self as well as from others.