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 Nuumite inspire you to rejoice in your true nature!
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Mineralogy of Nuummite
Color: Black with iridescent inclusions
Location: The only deposit for Nuummite is found near Nuuk, Greenland.
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 exclusively at its primary deposit, near 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”
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.
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.
Ethically Sourced Nuummite
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 clean and short.
The Mine and the Lapidary are located in different country, but no middlemen are involved.
This Nuummite was mined by the Nuummite Nuuk A/S Mining Company in Nuuk, Greenland.
The mine is accessible only by boat and is only worked during the warm winter months.
Conditions are generally safe for miners.
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This Nuummite was polished in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Lapidary is a family-owned business, founded by father and passed on to his sons.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I have been doing business with this source since the earliest days in my business. They are a major tumbling company and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source. The owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally. For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners. The majority of these Gem Dealers are women.
Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin. For those that aren’t, I have to ask the owners personally. They tend to get impatient with questions. As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them. However, they remain my preferred source for most of sub-Sahara Africa.
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.
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.
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.
I haven’t visited the Greenland mine personally, the stones sold on this website come from a tumbling company in South Africa. The owner buys directly from mines and firmly states that these stones are from Greenland. He specializes in hard-to-find tumbled stones and is very open about his sourcing. His tumbling company also sells stones from China, India and many other countries, all of which are clearly labeled. He tends to scoff at marketing names and metaphysical properties, but gets excited about unique stones like Nuummite, Cradle of Humankind, and Preseli Bluestone.
Nuummite Tumbled Stone
Color: Black, with glittery bronze inclusions. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
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