Bask in the joy of unconditional love.
Connect with angels and spirit guides.
Be in harmony with your surroundings.
Trust yourself and have faith in others.
Let Prehnite inspire you to be more kind to yourself.
Mineralogy of Prehnite
Mineral Family: Phyllosilicates
Chemical Composition: Ca2Al2Si3O10(OH)2
Color: Yellow-green, brown-yellow
Crystal System: Orthorhombic
Form/Habit: Tabular, botryoidal masses
Hardness: 6- 6.5
Luminescence: Yellowish-white (long wave) / Blueish-white (short wave)
Luster: Vitreous to pearly
Transparency: Transparent, translucent
Location: Prehnite deposits are located in Australia, China, Scotland, South Africa and the United States.
Mineral Family: Prehnite is a carbonate Copper Silcate mineral. 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. Prehnite belongs to the Phyllosilicate group, whose tetrahedra connect at three corners to form hexagonal rings. This group also includes such well-known minerals as Chrysocolla, Fuchsite, Lepidolite, Prehnite, Seraphinite, and Serpentine.
Formation: Typically formed in the cavities of volcanic rocks associated with zeolites and calcite and in the mineral veins in granite
Mining: Prehnite is typically mined as a secondary mineral, where the principal purpose is to mine Igneous rocks, such as Granite.
Enhancements: All Prehnites are natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting and polishing.
History of Prehnite
Prehnie is a relatively “new” healing stone whose healing properties have only recently been explored. It was not included in any of the older lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. Prehnite was first discovered in the dolerite hills of Karoo, a semi-desert region of South Africa.
During the late eighteenth century, the southern most tip of Africa was a Dutch Colony, centered around the Cape of Good Hope. Prehnite was found by Hendrik Von Prehn (1733-1785) during his time as commander of the military forces of the Colony from 1769-1780. Von Prehn, like many other aristocratic men of his time, was well educated in languages and interested in the natural sciences, including geology and mineralogy. Correctly believing that he had found a new mineral, he brought back an example of the green stone to Europe where it was analyzed by the German geologist, A.G. Werner (1749-1817). In 1788, Werner officially determined that Prehnite was a new mineral and named it after its discoverer, who had recently passed away. This marks the first known instance of a mineral being named after a person.
Healing Properties of Prehnite
Spiritual: Prehnite reminds us that we are intimately connected to the Divine and all of creation. Moreover, these connections provide a limitless source for healing energy and spiritual enrichment. Prehnite enhances our ability to visualize and communicate with beings from other dimensions, such as fairies, extraterrestrials and angels, particularly Archangel Raphael, the angel of healing. It also amplifies our spiritual hearing, allowing us to receive important insights during meditation and prayer, as well as during intuitive or psychic readings. Prehnite is a particularly effective stone for grid work, especially large outdoor pieces, providing harmonious energy and a protective vibrational field. It is attuned to the Solar Plexus and Heart Chakras and linked to the astrological sign of Libra. It is connected to the element of Earth and Water and vibrates to the number 5.
Emotional: Prehnite carries the essence of unconditional love. It has a soft, gentle energy that clears away negative emotions so that they don’t become entrenched in our emotional body. It helps us to not take issues personally or hold on to grudges. Prehnite leaving us feeling emotionally clean and refreshed. It helps us to let go of anything we no longer need, whether that means physical objects that are cluttering our space, or emotional beliefs that are separating us from joy and peace. Prehnite helps us to trust ourselves and the world around us more. It is a wonderful Feng Shui stone and can be used to turn a space into a loving home and peaceful sanctuary.
Mental: Prehnite helps us to stay in the present moment and to resist the impulse to engage in negative imaginings, such as ruminating on the past or visualizing a disastrous future. It is an empowering stone, encouraging us to make important decisions and to take action, rather than giving into avoidance behaviors. It encourages us to accept the truth, even if unpleasant, and to ask ourselves, “knowing what I currently know, what is the most loving and logical course?” and to act act accordingly. It helps us to stay calm and be prepared no matter what happens. Prehnite can help us to work through phobias and reduce nightmares.
Physical: Prehnite is most often used to by metaphysical healers to treat the physical heart, as well as the kidney, bladder and urinary tract. It is believed to heal and balance the circulatory and lymphoid systems, and to stimulate metabolism. Prehnite can also be used to determine the root cause, be it spiritual, emotional, mental or purely physical, of a problem that is manifesting in the body. Prehnite is one of the primary healing stones used to “heal the healer”.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Prehnite
The Miners sell to a rough Gem Dealer/Exporter.
The Exporter sells to a Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is relatively short.
The Mine and the Lapidary are located in different countries, with one middleman involved.
This Prehnite is from Mali.
The exact deposit is unknown, but was most likely artisanally-mined while searching for Gold
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Prehnite 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.
Prehnite Tumbled Stone
Color: Green. 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.
Safe Handling of Prehnite
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