Prehnite was first discovered in the year 1788 by the Eastern Cape Province located in South Africa. It obtained its name after the Dutch colony commander of military forces Colonel Hendrik Von Prehn. In fact, Prehnite is dubbed one of the first minerals to have been named after a historical person. Not only was it first in its name but Prehnite is also known as the first mineral described to be from South Africa. Fun fact, although Prehnite is not a part of the zeolite family it is found where plenty zeolite grows. When heat is added Prehnite is said to emit water.
Prehnite can be found in various parts of the world. It can be found in Africa, Australia, the United States, Germany, France, and Scotland. Prehnite can only be found in select states across the U.S, such as Virginia, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Not only does Prehnite come from various parts of the world, but it can also come in various colors. Prehnite can come in yellow, green, white, grey, and even colorless.
In metaphysical belief, Prehnite is believed to be a stone of unconditional love as well as a healer. It is also said to stimulate a calming environment that brings peace and protection. Prehnite is found to be associated with Solar Plexus Chakra as well as the Heart Chakra.