Apatite was given its name back in 1788. Pronounced like the word "appetite", it has nothing to do with desire for food. The word "Apatite" was derived from the Greek word, "apatite," which means, "to deceive." Don't worry--that doesn't mean that this gemstone will make wearers more deceptive!
Instead, it got this name because it is often mistaken for other gemstones. In fact, Apatite does not refer to one specific gemstone. It is a term that helps us refer to a group of isomorphous hexagonal mineral phosphates that all bear similarities.
What makes Apatite gemstones truly unique is that they contain calcium phosphate, a material that can be found in the teeth, bones, tusks, and horns of certain animals around the globe. In fact, apatite is said to help in the absorption of calcium.
While Apatite can be found around the globe, the most common source of Apatite is in Brazil. While small crystals can be found in all types of rocks, you will typically only find larger, well-formed Apatite stones in metamorphic rock. Some Apatite stones have even been collected from moon rocks brought back to Earth by astronauts.