This week I've chosen to bring you a gemstone that you may not have heard of....Prehnite! This pale green gem was first described in 1788 in South Africa and is named after the Dutch mineralogist, Colonel Hendrik von Prehn and was the first gemstone to be named after a person.
Until recently, Prehnite was a collectors gemstone but newly discovered deposits have made it more readily available. It is now found in Australia, Canada, Germany, France....and Scotland! It's colour is usually a pale apple green but can also be yellow, orange and blue, although these are quite rare to find.
Thought to be the stone of unconditional love, Prehnite is also said to encourage composure and forgiveness, aid meditation and protect the wearer.