The name Kyanite comes from the Greek 'kyanos' meaning 'blue' and it is quite a rare gemstone and one which is also very brittle. In the chemical industry Kyanite is used for the manufacture of spark plugs and heat resistant ceramics.
Both shiny and translucent it is known for its colour zones and variation in hardness. Most minerals have one hardness but Kyanite along with a few others have two. When its hardness is tested lengthwise the result is graded as 4 to 5, but when tested across the width of the same piece of stone, it is 6 to 7.
Kyanite must be handled with care as it can easily become damaged. Being so brittle also makes it extremely challenging to cut. Pieces can often have a 'scratchy' appearance as well as having other surface marks. The colour of fine quality gemstones can rival that of a Sapphire.
Along with Citrine, Kyanite will not accumulate or retain negative energy and it never needs to be cleaned.
In crystal healing, it brings tranquility and a calming effect to the whole being and also stimulates communication and psychic awareness on all levels. It has the ability to align the chakras automatically and immediately and helps one to persevere in activities and situations which would generally reduce ones strength. It facilitates meditation and helps induce recall of dreams and to promote dream solving whilst in the dream state. It also helps to balance the yin-yang energies and dispels energy blockages.
Kyanite can be found in the United States, Brazil, Switzerland, Russia, Serbia, India and Kenya. Fine gem quality stones have also been mined in Nepal, though exact volumes are unknown.
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