The name astrophyllite is derived from the Greek words "astron" meaning "star" and "phyllon" meaning "leaf". Our Astrophyllite beads are a dark, velvety black with glittering streaks of silvery-gray. This is a very dramatic looking gemstone! You can see the naturally occurring "bladed crystals" shimmering within the stones. This awesome effect is difficult to capture on camera, but when they're around your neck, they're beautiful!
Astrophyllite is a rare hydrous sodium potassium iron manganese titanium silicate mineral. It usually occurs as bladed crystals radiating from a common center.
Metaphysically, Astrophyllite is used for illumination and activation of all chakras.