Phenakite is one of the brightest of the colorless gemstones. The hardness is 7.5 - 8, and has an excellent polish when faceted. It is also one of the clearest of the colorless gems, phenakite may be the whitest stone.
It is a rare beryllium mineral which unfortunately is not often used as a gemstone. Its name derives from the Greek word 'phenakos' meaning deceiver .. a name acquired because of its close similarity to quartz, especially rock crystal. Phenakite was initially thought to be a variety of quartz, but its crystal twinning is distinct. It has also been confused with diamond, sapphire, topaz and beryl.
For believers of the power of crystals Phenakite is also said to be a carrier of extremely high vibrations, most likely higher than any other known crystal. It is a powerful tool for activating the upper energy centers , the chakras.