Prehnite is named for Colonel Hendrik von Prehn, a Dutch mineralogist and early governor of the Cape of Good Hope settlement in South Africa, who first discovered the stone in the early 18th century. Prehnite has the distinction of being the first mineral to be named after a person.
Prehnite: A Unique Green Glow
The gemstone prehnite also goes by several nicknames. Early traders called prehnite "cape emerald," referring to the location where the stone was first discovered and its visual resemblance to emeralds. In China, prehnite is called "grape jade" due to its cluster formation habit that resembles a bunch of pale green grapes. Prehnite is also referred to as the "prediction stone".
A unique and intriguing gemstone, prehnite adds a fresh green glow to rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Browse our website to see our entire prehnite jewelry collection and check back often, as our selection changes frequently.
An intriguing green gemstone, prehnite ranges in color from apple green to yellow green and can have either a shiny or pearlescent luster. Once quite rare, prehnite is now a popular gemstone for rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. More about colored gemstones.
Prehnite's minty green hue offers an intriguing luster, ranging from shiny to pearlescent, and sometimes seems to glow in the sun. While green is the most popular shade for jewelry, prehnite also comes in yellow, grey, white and colorless. Prehnite gemstones are most often cut into cabochons, but can also be faceted for a unique look. Prehnite is a versatile gem, looking beautiful in sterling silver and gold jewelry designs.
When prehnite was first discovered, it was very rare, with the only known location for the gemstone being South Africa. Since then, more deposits have been found and today, most of the gem quality prehnite hails from Australia. Prehnite is also found in Canada, China, Germany, India and the United States.
Prehnite Jewelry Care & Handling
Prehnite is on the softer side (6-6.5 on the Mohs scale) so scratches and sharp blows should be avoided. Clean your prehnite jewelry with warm, soapy water when needed. Store your prehnite rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings in your Ross-Simons presentation box when not in use.