Known for its distinct pale apple green to olive colour, Prehnite has been adored since it was discovered in South African in the late 18th century.
In metaphysical realms, prehnite is associated with the heart chakra, resonating with energies of unconditional love and compassion. It is thought to encourage a deeper connection with yourself and others, leading to more harmonious relationships. Additionally, Prehnite is seen as a calming presence helping to soothe stress and anxiety. Its energy is said to induce a sense of inner peace, making it a valuable tool for meditation and emotional healing.
Belonging to the phyllosilicate group, Prehnite often occurs in botryoidal (rounded) or stalactitic formations often with a pearly or vitreous lustre. Prehnite is a secondary mineral that forms in cavities and fractures of mafic volcanic rocks. It is also found in hydrothermal veins and in low-grade metamorphic rocks. With a hardness of 6 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale, Prehnite has been found in diverse corners of the globe, including South Africa, Australia, China, Germany, Scotland, France, and the United States
Prehnite was one of the first minerals to be named after a historical person.It was named in 1788for Colonel Hendrik Von Prehn (1733–1785), commander of the military forces of the Dutch colony at the Cape of Good Hope from 1768 to 1780.
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