Prehnite is an attractive, transparent stone, usually greenish in colour although sometimes found in yellow, grey or whitish tones. It creates attractive jewellery and can be faceted or cabochon cut and is occasionally found to display chatoyancy.
The gem often falls between transparent and translucent and its appearance often reminds me of Moonstone. Its surface can often have a good lustre and it looks beautiful when cabochon cut and set into gold rings and pendants.
Crystal collectors believe that Prehnite enhances dreaming and improves memory; it is also said to focus inner knowledge to prepare for situations. The stone is sometimes used to make predictions and allegedly the most accurate predictions are those made for one’s personal, spiritual growth.
It was first discovered in South Africa by an early Dutch governor of the Cape of Good Hope Colony called Colonel Hendrik Von Prehn, and in keeping with traditional gem naming convention, it was named after him.
Since its discovery in South Africa it has been found in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Scotland, Namibia, Canada, China, Australia, France, the USA, India and even Antarctica.