Okenite was discovered in 1828 and named after the German biologist Lorenz Oken. This amazing stone is sometimes described as soft and fluffy. In appearance, the spherical formations of this mineral really resemble either a ball of cotton wool, or a curled up fluffy animal that you just want to pet. However, this impression is deceptive. Any touch can irreversibly damage the beautiful crystal, and brittle and sharp needles will become very painful splinters.
Okenite is a hydrous calcium silicate. Its main color is white, sometimes with a bluish or yellow tint. The mineral is almost transparent, with a pearly sheen. Forms small plates or the finest fragile thread-like crystals collected into spherulites. It is found in cavities of basaltic rocks, so-called geodes. Other names are bordite and disclasite.
Place of Birth
Okenite is not very common. Most often the stone is found in:
- New Zealand.
This rare mineral is used mainly for decorative purposes. Unusual needle-like aggregations are a subject of interest to collectors. Indian and Chinese traders sometimes dye spherulites in different colors to give them an even more exotic look. Like all zeolites, okenites have the ability to exchange ions and can be used as natural adsorbents for water purification.
Healing and magical properties
Some healers recommend using this mineral to treat thyroid diseases and normalize hormonal balance. It is also useful for nursing mothers, as it stimulates milk production.
In magic, okenite is a stone of harmony, warmth and comfort. It is believed that “fluffy” crystals bring comfort and peace to the house, and help its inhabitants get rid of worries, worries and grievances. These stones also protect women and contribute to the spiritual development of the individual.
The astrological features of okenite have not been studied.