Geology / History

Okenite is a silicate mineral usually associated with Zeolites. Normally found as small white "snow ball" formations within basalt geodes. These formations are clusters of straight, radiating, fibrous crystals that are both bendable & fragile.

Named after German naturalist Lorenz Oken (1779–1851).

Minerals associated with okenite include Apophyllite, Gyrolite, Prehnite, Chalcedony, Goose Creekite & many other Zeolites. Okenite is mainly found in India within the state of Maharashtra.  

Metaphysical Meaning

A blissful warm & fuzzy crystal of spiritual expansion with powerful angelic energy. Connects to higher self, other higher beings & ancient knowledge. Expansive, promotes unity & connectivity. Opens the heart & mind for soul integration. Shows peaceful solutions & teaches us to see beauty everywhere. Inspires, purifies & amplifies intention attracting prosperity of all kinds. Excellent meditation crystal. 

Crystal Healing

Okenite is associated primarily with the crown chakra but can align & purify the energy of all chakras. Assists with blood diseases, fever, stomach problems & slowing aging.  Balances emotions & hormonal fluctuations.

Minerology

Group: Phyllosilicate

Crystal System: Triclinic

Composition: CaSi2O5·2H2O

Form/Habit: Bladed crystals, typically fibrous, clusters of curved crystals and radial balls

Hardness: 4.5-5

Cleavage: Perfect on {001}

Lustre: Vitreous, Pearly

Specific Gravity: 2.28-2.33

Transparency: Transparent, translucent

R.I: nα = 1.512 - 1.532 nβ = 1.514 - 1.535 nγ = 1.515 - 1.542

Colour: White, may show slightly yellow or blue tint

Birefringence: δ = 0.003 - 0.010