Nuummite Heart

Wise Power

Accept and love yourself for who you really are.

Release negative energies trapped in your subconscious.

Tap into your personal magic and become more intuitive.

Explore the past and deepen meditation and prayer.

Let Nuummite inspire you to rejoice in your true nature!

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Healing Properties of Nuummite

Spiritual: Nuummite reveals our true nature to ourselves, bringing our Light and Dark sides into focus and showing us our own incredible beauty. It teaches us to be confident and to practice self-care and self-love. By showing ourselves love, we are better able to love others. By honoring ourselves, we also honor the Divine and access our full potential. Nuummite is attuned to the Root, Solar Plexus, and Third Eye Chakras and attuned to Sagittarius. It is connected to the elements of Earth and Storm and vibrates to the number 3.

Emotional: Nuummite is a wonderful stone for courage, especially for anyone who feels powerless or broken due to past trauma. It reminds us that we are more than just our past, and that we have a responsibility to our current self and our future selves (and to all those we love) to go beyond our trauma and live vibrant, full lives. Nuummite is a very old and wise stone, which can help us remember that “this too shall pass” and that we are continually being given opportunities to grow and become more happy.

Mental: Nuummite teaches us to take personal responsibility for who we are, what we do, and where we end up in life. It is a stone that urges us to “grow up” and leave behind complaining, blaming, and hiding. Nuummite also warns us against false humility or the tendency to pretend to be less than who we are, out of fear that by shining too brightly we might eclipse others around us. Nuummite shows us that being true to ourselves is a our first responsibility, and that we must not be afraid to own our power and brilliance.

Physical: Nuummite has a very calming energy which makes it an ideal stone for helping a person relax so that they can be healed or to help allow the self-healing process to take place.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Mineralogy of Nuummite

Raw Nuummite

Nuummite Slab, Nuuk, Grenland

Rock Family: Metamorphic Rock
Major Minerals: Anthophyllite and Gedrite
Minor Minerals: Chalcopyrite, Nickel, Pyrite

Color: Black with iridescent inclusions
Gravity: 2.8-3.6
Hardness: 5.5-6
Luminescence: Violet
Texture: Course-grained
Transparency: Transparent

Location: The only deposit for Nuummite is found near Nuuk, Greenland.

Nuummite mine locations

Rock Family: Nuummite is not a mineral, but rather a Metamorphic rock. As an easy way to understand the difference, think of rocks as being like cookies and minerals as being the ingredients which make up those cookies. Many different minerals are used to create a rock! Nuummite is composed mainly of Anthophyllite and Gedrite, along with other minor mineral inclusions which can add an iridescent sparkle in a range of colors including gold, blue, green, red and violet.  The most common color is gold, which is due to the presence of Chalcopyrite and/or Pyrite.

Formation: Metamorphic rocks are created when an existing Igneous or Sedimentary rock (or potentially another type of Metamorphic rock!) is subjected to new pressures and high temperatures. This causes the atoms and molecules to rearrange themselves into new minerals while still in a hard, solid state. Nuummite was believed to have been formed from an existing Igneous rock over 2800 million years ago, and then underwent a second metamorphic process 2500 million years ago.

Mining: Mined at its primary deposit, near Nuuk, Greenland

Nuuk

Nuuk, Greenland

Enhancements: All Nuummite is completely natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing. Learn more on the “Real” vs “Fake” Nuummite tab.

Synonyms: “The Magician’s Stone”, “The Sorcerer’s Stone”

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Raw Nuummite, AirGreeland, Nuuk

History of Nuummite

Nuummite was first described in 1810 by mineralogist K. L Giesecke working near Nuuk, in southern Greenland. Located in a rugged, mountainous region, only accessible by boat, the original Nuummite was black to charcoal grey in color, and when polished showed an astonishing range of iridescent colors. The metaphysical community, by contrast, only discovered Nuummite in 1983 when it began to be sold on the open market.  As such, it is not included in any lapidary books dated before the 1980s.

During the early 20th century, Nuummite from Greenland was determined to be geologically identical to another rare metamorphic rock called Astrophyllite which is found in numerous locations worldwide.  Both of these rocks are principally composed of the minerals Anthophyllite and Gedrite, along with other minor minerals. These combinations create a beautiful flashing stone. Today, the name “Nuummite” should only be used for stones mined near Nuuk, Greenland. All other localities, typically use the more generic name of “Astrophyllite”, although there are also numerous marketing names that may be used instead.  For more information, see the “Real” vs “Fake” Nuummite tab. 

One of the special characteristics of Nuummite that is frequently cited is the great age of this stone. Most rocks and minerals are relatively “young” from a geological perspective, since geological forces are constantly at work. While Nuummite itself is probably only 2500 million years old, it is mined from an area which has been largely stable for 4 billion years! As a result, Nuummite is often referred to as the “oldest mineral” in the world. 

Ethically Sourced Nuummite

 

A Miner sells the rough stock to a Wholesaler.

The Wholesaler sends it to a Lapidary for polishing.

The Wholesaler sells the polished stock to Moonrise Crystals. 

Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.

 

 

 

 

 

The Supply Chain

The Supply Chain is clean and short.

The Mine, the Wholeseller and Lapidary are located in different countries but there are no extra middlemen involved.

 

The Mine

This Nuummite comes from a small claim in Greenland.

It was artisionally-mined by a single prospector using hand-tools.

Learn More: Ethical Mining

 

 

The Lapidary/Wholesaler

This Nuummite was polished in a Chinese Factory for a Danish prospector/wholesaler.   

Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly. 

The wholesaler runs a small one-man business to supports his family.

He buys directly from miners or gathers the rough stock personally and sells the polished stock.

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary

 

Sourcing Relationship

I originally had Nuummite from another source with a longer supply-chain.  I was happy to find a new and improved source in 2020.

I first met this source at the 2020 Tucson Gem Show.  I was looking for a better source for Nuummite and found a new source that specialized in stones from Greenland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.  The owner is an old Danish prospector who has been in the business for almost 50 years and he has STORIES!  We talked for 2 hours straight and he provided me with the most detailed information of any other source I’ve ever met.  Without reservation, I bought some of everything.

This Nuummite was mined by another old prospector who lives in Greenland.  The prospector is from European heritage, but is married to an Inuit woman.  He spends his days up in the mountains working his claim with hand-tools and then carries the rough stones down in a backpack.  The prospector is a bit of a hermit and doesn’t like to deal with people.  He sells exclusively to my source, because it’s easy for two old prospectors to do business together.

Safe Handling of Nuummite

Nuummite

What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Nuummite

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: Greenland

Polishing Method: Polished by hand, one stone at a time. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.

Details:

  • Color: Black with flashing gold, green and blue streaks
  • Polish: Shiny and smooth
  • Quality: AAA
  • Shape: Irregular tumbled shapes
  • Size: Average size varies
    • Pocket-size is 1 x 1 x .25 inch / 25 x 25 x 6 mm
    • Palm-size is 2 x 2 x .5 inch / 50 x 50 x 13 mm
  • Transparency: Opaque
  • Weight: Average weight varies
    • Pocket-size is .04 ounce / 11 grams / 57 carats
    • Palm-size is 3.4 ounce / 96 grams / 482 carats

Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days.  International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.

Is this Nuummite “real”?

There is a great deal of contradictory information online about “real” vs “fake” Nuummite.  Most metaphysical shops will focus on the energy of the stones or strictly the visual appearance.  By contrast, Moonrise Crystals approaches this question as scientifically as possible.

The main problem with Nuummite is that people compare really nice museum-quality collector’s pieces with tumbled stones and then make lofty pronouncements about whether or not something is “fake” or “real”.  But, tumbled stones are inherently made out of lower-quality rocks, often the very same rocks that surround really nice collectors’ pieces.  They don’t look the same.  For example, compare a jewelry-quality translucent Ruby vs a tumbled opaque Ruby.  Which one is “real” and which is “fake” based on the pictures below?  In fact, both are “real”.  The difference is the quality.

Jewelry-Quality Ruby

Tumbled Ruby

 

Most high-quality collectors pieces of Nuummite show elongated flashing streaks, which can come in a variety of colors.  Most tumbled Nuummite stones, by contrast, have shorter bronze flecks.  This isn’t because one is “fake” or from a different region – it’s simply a question of quality.  Truly fabulous pieces of Nuummite, are rarely tumbled!  To compare, here’s a picture of a jewelry-quality Nuummite vs an average quality tumble Nuummite.

Jewelry-Quality Nuummite

A Grade Nuummite

A Grade Tumbled Nuummite

To further complicate matters – “Nuummite” isn’t actually a geological, mineralogical or petrological name. You won’t find it listed in any geology book or on a geology website. From a geological perspective, Nuummite is a metamorphosed rock composed mainly of Gedrite and anthophyllite.

The name Nummite is in fact a marketing name.  It was created by the Town Council of Nuuk, Greenland, to describe the stone found near their town.  The government of Greenland has granted the company Nuummite Nuuk A/S, an exploration concession to mine Nuummite in the Nuuk area and to manufacture and sell Nuummite jewelry.  But for every piece of jewelry-quality Nuummite they mine, there is also a great deal of lesser quality Nuummite that is also dug up.  These rocks are then sold to other manufactures, including tumblers.

Black flashy stones can be found in numerous locations around the world, and some of them look very similar to Nuummite.  In some cases, the lookalike material is even a metamorphosed rock composed mainly of Gedrite and Anthophyllite, just like Nuummite!  Likewise, some of these stones have metaphysical marketing names too – like Copperite (from India) and Black Galaxy Granite (from California).  Occasionally, someone will sell “Nuummite from China” or “Blue Nuummite from Russia”.  They may lookalike, they may even be similar geologically.  But what makes a Nuummite, “real” is that it’s from Greenland.

Originally, my Nuummite came from a tumbling company in South Africa.  The owner of that lapidary buys directly from mines and told me these stones are from Greenland.  However, in 2020, one of my goals at the Tucson Gem Show was to find a better source for Nuummite, preferably buying directly from Greenland.  The island of Greenland is owned by Denmark, and my source is a Danish prospector who deals primarily in stones from Greenland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.  Not only is the sourcing better, the new Nuummite is a much higher-quality too!