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Healing Properties of Apophyllite
Spiritual: Green Apophyllite has a very interesting vibration, high and pure as well as intimately grounding and connecting. It activates our Heart and Third Eye, sharpening our inner vision and bringing forth spiritual wisdom. Green Apophyllite helps us to hear our Spirit Guides more clearly, particularly Nature Spirits, Animal Spirits and fairies. It can help us communicate with animals, plants, crystals and other nonverbal entities. It shows us our own role and responsibilities in the great web of life. Green Apophyllite is a carrier of the Akashic Record and can help us to better understand and heal the past, present, and future, especially in regards to interpersonal relationships. Green Apophyllite is a phenomenal stone for astral/shamanic journeying, particular for finding the ‘doorways’ in between worlds. It all areas of our life, Green Apophyllite encourages us to grow and bloom. It is a fantastic stones for gardeners and nature-enthusiasts. Green Apophyllite is attuned to the Heart, Third Eye and Crown Chakras, and is linked to the astrological signs of Gemini and Libra. It is connected to the Elements of Wind and Earth and vibrates to the number 4.
Emotional: Green Apophyllite has a joyful and sweet presence that shines like a bright light in the darkness. It sings of universal love and healing, and promises us that we too deserve a beautiful life and inner peace. It brings us hope and encourages us to have faith in a better tomorrow. When we feel upset, Green Apophyllite helps us re-center and find the our own unshakable core. Green Apophyllite releases cynicism and helps us to heal our deepest inner wounds. Apophyllite is a particularly good ally if we need to acknowledge and break negative patterns of using “outside things” (such as money, food, sex, alcohol, etc.) as a substitute to avoid dealing with our actual emotions, especially in regards to other people. It encourages us to seek solace in nature on a regular basis.
Mental: Green Apophyllite encourages us to step back and take a wider perspective. It inspires us to be more curious, open and honest. It helps us to recognize our personal impact on the environment and others, as well as how they affect us. It makes it easier to let go old systems and beliefs that no longer serve us or accurately reflect what we now know to be true. Green Apophyllite reminds us that we are not exclusively responsible for what happens in our life. While we do get to ‘play the cards we are dealt’, but rarely get to choose the cards themselves. We are part of a much greater system, both good and bad, and as such our successes and failures cannot be laid solely at our feet. Green Apophyllites asks us to be more compassionate to ourselves and others. It invites us to do our best and call it good. Green Apophyllite helps us to grow up and be beautiful.
Physical: Green Apophyllite is mainly used by metaphysical healers to comfort patients when faced with degenerative illnesses. It helps us to understand the purpose behind the pain and to make peace with “what is”. Green Apophyllite is also said to good for respiratory problems, including asthma and allergies. Green Apophyllite is considered to be one of the very best stones for reiki healing, particularly for finding channels for the energy to flow through. It is also one of the best for anyone who suffers from Nature Deficit Disorder.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Mineralogy of Apophyllite
Mineral Family: Phyllosilicates
Chemical Composition: KCa4Si8O20 (F, OH) 8H2O
Color: Colorless, pink, green, or yellow
Crystal System: Tetragonal
Form/Habit: Tabular, prismatic
Fracture: Uneven, brittle
Luminescence: None unless heated
Luster: Vitreous, pearly
Transparency: Transparent to translucent
Location: Apophyllite deposits are relatively widespread, but green crystals are found in only a few locations such as Brazil, Canada, India, Norway, Scotland, and the United States (New Jersey).
Mineral Family: Apophyllite was once considered a single mineral, but is now divided into three very closely-related species. Apophyllite crystals are silicate minerals. Silicate minerals are the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray, shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. The Apophyllite crystals belong to the Phyllosilicate group, whose tetrahedra connect at three corners to form hexagonal rings. This group also includes such well-known minerals as Cavansite, Chrysocolla, Fuchsite, Lepidolte, Muscovite, Petalite, Prehnite and Serpentine.
Formation: Apophyllites are typically formed as secondary minerals in the cavities of basalt rocks. They sometimes also grow in metamorphic rocks and hydrothermal deposits. The ratio of fluoride vs hydrogen and oxygen determines which species of Apophyllite forms.
Mining: Apophyllite is usually mined in its primary location in conjunction with Basalt stones and Zeolite crystals. The purpose of the mine is usually to mine the Basalt, meant to be crushed and then used as road-making material and for other construction purposes.
Enhancements: All Apophyllites are natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
Synonyms: Fluorapophyllite, Hydroxapophyllite, Natroapophllyite.
History of Apophyllite
Apophyllite is found around the world, but has only recently been explored by the metaphysical community. As a result, it is not included in any ancient or medieval lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. Apophyllite was first scientifically described in the early 1800s. It became widely-available in the 20th century in direct relation to the rise of the automobile industry. This is because Apophyllite deposits are most often found within Basalt. Basalt is an igneous rock which is one of the main ingredients used to make modern asphalt roads. Basalt is currently mined in huge quantities and so Apophyllite is likewise mined as a secondary by-product.
Apophyllite’s name comes from the Greek words apo (“to take off”) and phyllazein (leaf) – a reference to the way that this mineral separates into thin layers when heated, due to a loss of water in its structure. Apophyllite was originally considered to be a single mineral. In 1978, the International Mineralogy Association determined it was actually two sub-species, Fluorapophyllite and Hydroxyanpophyllite. In the former, the element of fluorine is dominate, while in the latter, hydroxyl (a combination of hydrogen and oxygen) is dominate. In 1981, Natroaophyllite was added to the Apophyllite family. This third sub-mineral includes sodium instead of potassium in its chemical composition. In 2008, the International Mineralogy Association decided that these three technical names were overly-complicated. So the prefixes were removed and suffixes added. As of now, the Apophyllite family of minerals is technically Apophyllite-(KF) [Fluorapophyllite], Apophyllite-(KOH) [Hydroxyapophyllite], and Apophyllite-(NaF) [Natroapophyllite].
All three sub-species look similar and can appear in a variety of different colors, making it very difficult to distinguish between them without a scientific lab. Unsurprisingly, few collectors ever distinguished between the three sub-minerals, and instead all are labeled “Apophyllite.” The vast majority of Apophyllite on the market are Apophyllite (KF). This includes the stock carried by Moonrise Crystals. Apophyllite-(KOH) is far more rare – the main deposit is in Virginia, USA. The rarest form of all is Apophyllite-(NaF) which is found in very small quantities in a few Indian quarries that also produce the common Apophyllite-(KF).
Ethically Sourced Green Apophyllite
The Miners sell directly to the Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is short.
The Mine and Lapidary are located in the same country.
This Apophyllite is a byproduct of an industrial Basalt mine in Mahrashtra, India.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Apophyllite was polished in Mumbai, India.
The Lapidary is owned by two long-time friends and business partners.
Unusual for India, factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first met one of the owners of the lapidary at the Denver Gem Show in 2017. Our first encounter was short since it was my last day of shopping and I had already spent most of my budget. But their tumbled stock was the highest quality I had ever seen. A few months later we met again in Tucson and this time I made sure to see them at the beginning of the show!
In 2019, at the Tucson Gem Show, I was able to sit down with both owners and have a lengthy conversation about sourcing. Unlike most vendors, they were willing to speak with me in-depth about how they make sure their business is ethical. We talked about individual mines they source from both in India as well as how they source from other countries. We also talked about how they treat their own workers and about the links between business, karma and God. Their willingness to talk and their pleasure at the conversation makes me eager to continue to develop and deepen this relationship.
Safe Handling of Apophyllite
What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Green Apophyllite
Selection Process: The stone I select for you will be carefully chosen for its beauty and appeal. If combined with other stones, I always take time to choose stones that look and feel good together.
Origin: Mahrashtra India
Polishing Method: Polished by hand, one stone at a time. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.
- Color: Pale greenish-white
- Polish: Shiny and smooth, flashes when moved in the light
- Quality: AA
- Shape: Irregular rounded shapes
- Size: Average size is 1.25 in / 32 mm at the longest diameter
- Transparency: Transparent
- Weight: Average weight is .6 oz / 17 g / 85 carats
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
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