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!
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.
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.
Earth to Pocket
Earth to Pocket is the Moonrise Crystal business mission. It’s the promise that any stones purchased here will be consciously sourced and the journey of the stone, from the Earth and into your Pocket, will be as transparent as possible.
These Nuummites were mined by the Nuummite Nuuk A/S mining company in a remote region of southern Greenland, near the city of Nuuk. The mine is accessible only by boat and can only be worked during the warm winter months. It was tumbled in South Africa.
I met the owner of the South African tumbling company at the 2014 Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona. This company only sells tumbled stones twice a year, once at the Tucson show and later at the Sainte Marie Aux Mines International Mineral and Gem Expo in Provence, France. They offer the largest selection of high quality tumbled stones in the industry and are one of my favorite suppliers.
It would be my pleasure to hand-select a beautiful Nuummite for you.
This price is for one stone. You can buy a single Nuummite or several, depending on your individual needs. Each Nuummite measures approximately 1 inch at its longest length and has a unique shape with soft edges. Tumbled stones are natural products and variations are part of their beauty.
The stone I choose for you will be rounded in shape and a deep black color. If you buy multiple stones, I will choose stones that look and feel particularly good together. Stones will be cleansed and smudged with sage before being shipped to you.
With their subtle shimmer and clean energies, these Nuummite are perfect for crystal healing. Add them to a medicine bag, place them on an altar, fashion them into jewelry, or simply carry them in your pocket.
Safe Handling of Nuummite
Nuummite is a metaphysical rock with a variety of mineral inclusions. As such it should NOT be used to make direct-infusion “Nuummite Water” for drinking or bathing. You can however, make a safe elixir using an indirect method – simply place the stone near, but not touching, the water.
Good to Know:
Nuummites are physically durable stones. As long as they are rounded and without thin edges, they can be carried in a pocket or medicine bag, or worn as jewelry on an everyday basis, without significant danger of the stone chipping or breaking.
Nuummites can be physically cleansed with water or a dusting cloth.
Nuummites can be energetically cleansed using any method. They will appreciate being soaked in fresh water, set outside to absorb the moonlight, and/or being smudged with smoke or incense. Use your own intuition to determine the best method.
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