Gemstone Information

Apophylite                Hardness: 4.5-5.0

About-  Apophylite is generally colorless or white however it can take color from other minerals around it like prehnite, quartz, calcite, zeolites and others.  Some of the specimens are fluorescent and crystals will flake when heated.  It occurs mainly in ancient basalt flows in and around the world.

History- Apophylite’s name is derived from the Greek meaning “to leaf apart”.  The name was given because the crystals tend to peel or flake apart especially when heated.

Location- It can be found worldwide from the Deccan Traps in India to the Isle of Skye in Scotland.  Mexico, Canada, Norway, Germany, Brazil and even in Japan are other sites it has been discovered.  In the U.S. it is found in the Christmas Mine in Arizona, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Oregon, Virginia, and North Carolina.

Metaphysical-Apophylite is said to be the stone of growth, universal love, and nature.

Care-Apophylite fuses easily and bubbles and swells to an enamel mass when heated.  It is wise therefore to keep from excessive heat.  Due to it’s nature to leaf apart it can be quite fragile and should be treated with care.  Store separately from other necklaces to ensure it’s beauty and longevity.  Brush gently with a soft toothbrush to clean.  Do not use cleansers or chemicals.

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