The name apophyllite refers to a specific group of phyllosilicate minerals of similar chemical makeup and they vary in appearance and chemical composition.
Colour: Colourless, white, green, pink, yellow and can be transparent to translucent.
Geological occurrences: India, USA and Brazil.
Crystallography: Apophyllite belongs to the tetgragonal crystal system. Crystals can be tabular or prismatic occasionally showing a pseudo-cubic form. Crystals display perfect basal cleavage (due to a weakness in the atomic structure) and often show incipient cleavage planes, which appear as parallel ‘cracks’ through the stone.
Observations: Apophyllite crystals may be singular or clustered and often in combination with other minerals such as stilbite, heulandite, quartz, calcite, gyrolite, prehnite, scolecite, natrolite and zeolites.
Crystal care: Apophyllite is a soft and brittle stone, cleaving and scratching easily so it must always be handled with care. If carrying small apophyllite crystals with you, always keep protected in a padded pouch.
MOH's Hardness 4.5 - 5
General crystal care here
Cleansing, Calming, Spiritual Connection
Known for its capacity to soothe and calm feelings of anxiety and fear, apophyllite brings a clearing, cleansing energy to all and everything in its vicinity. It has the ability to release a pleasurable, childlike vitality to a room and the people in it. This gentle crystal has an amazing capacity for assisting in dispelling negative thought patterns. It helps to develop new positive ways to deal with unresolved emotional wounds making it particularly good for anyone dealing with past traumas or childhood issues.
Uses: Keep apophyllite in your home whenever possible to aid with cleansing negativity.
Apophyllite has an amazing connection to earth energies therefore is particularly powerful when used for meditation in the garden.
Keep by your bedside to let go of bad memories before bed and enjoy positive dreams whilst at rest.