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Sliced prehnite fragment

Though amethyst is a gem for February, it's time to think about spring stones, and one of them is prehnite with its mostly green color. Prehnite color varies from light green to yellow, but also colorless, blue or white. In April 2000, a rare orange prehnite was discovered at the famous Kalahari Manganese Fields in South Africa. It is mostly translucent, and rarely transparent.

Prehnite is the first mineral to be named after someone, and was first described in 1789 for an occurrence in Haslach, Harzburg and Oberstein, Germany, and named for 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. Extensive deposits of gem quality prehnite occur in the basalt tableland surrounding Wave Hill Station in the central Northern Territory, of Australia.

Carved yellow prehnite
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Notable occurrences include the type locality of Cape of Good Hope, South Africa as well as Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia, USA; Bombay, India; Harz Mountains, Germany; Austria; Scotland; Copper Valley, Namibia; Jeffery Quarry, Asbestos, Canada; China; New South Wales, Australia and France.

Prehnite is a serene stone of unconditional love. It's thought that it brings new friends, enhances the ability to make contact with unseen entities, multiplies and increases energy and strengthens ones protective fields. Prehnite is considered the stone for dreaming and remembering, it enhances precognition and shows you the way forward in your spiritual growth. Prehnite can be associated with many beautiful minerals and can make a fine specimen on its own. Its color, luster, associations and crystal habits make it a joy to own.

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