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Crystals and Minerals - Phenakite
This Phenakite, sometimes called Phenacite, comes from the Klein Spitzkoppe pegamtites at the long closed Stiepelmann mine. Phenakite is a rare mineral found in a few localities around the world. Nharo worked with small scale miners to enter the mine and were able to acquire some noteworthy specimens.
Phenakite is a silicate with a hexagonal crystal structure. Named after Phenax, a Greek word meaning deceiver, because of a strong similarity to quartz. Close examination will reveal vertical striations on the crystal where on quartz they are horizontal. Phenakite is harder than quartz at 7 to 8 on the Mohs scale and when cut displays a brilliance that is just short of diamond.
Phenakite is supposed to be deeply cleansing and purifying, possessing powerful qualities to aid meditation and focus.