The lovely prehnite gemstone cabochon shown here is 24mm long, and is available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you. This cabochon comes from Wave Hill, Northern Territory, Australia. Extensive deposits of gem quality prehnite occur in the basalt tableland surrounding Wave Hill.
Prehnite contains calcium and aluminium. It is the first mineral to be named after someone, and was initially discovered in 1789 in Haslach, Harzburg and Oberstein, Germany. It was 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.
Prehnite is thought to be a protective stone. It is believed to be helpful in the healing of gout, anemia and kidney problems, and in toxin removal, stimulating the metabolism as well as regenerating the body.