A shielding stone, Actinolite was named in 1794 by a Greek name, “Aktina”, by Richard Kirwan. In English, Aktina means “ray stone”.
Actinolite is the stone of dreams, which assist the wearer in recalling dreams, analysing dreams, and connecting with the dreams of his previous birth, and ancient civilization. There are various varieties of Actinolite which are used as gemstones. One is Nephrite, and the other is cat's-eye Actinolite. The nephrite is one of the two variants of Jade, the other is Jadeite. On the other hand, cat's-eye Actinolite is a stone that carries chatoyance. This is a green to a yellowish variety of Actinolite, which is opaque and has an amazing cat’s eye effect.