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Kyanite Properties, Meaning, Facts and Photos

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What is Kyanite?

Kyanite is a natural mineral that's not particularly common.  It mostly occurs in metamorphic rocks.

Its name comes from the Greek word 'kyanos' meaning 'blue'.  Although crystals are mostly blue they can also be green, grey, black, yellow or pink although these colours are quite rare.

Despite being brittle kyanite is widely used in industry because of its exceptional hardness.  Crystals are also known for their ability to withstand high temperatures.  This makes it a popular choice for use in refractory materials.

Refractory materials are resistant to heat and are often used in high-temperature applications.

When kyanite is heated it expands and in some cases can double in size.

In the manufacture of certain refractory products particularly those which shrink during heating, kyanite is added to the raw material in order to maintain the volume of the finished product.

Another reason for kyanite being widely used in industry is because of its high melting point and good thermal conductivity.

In addition to its heat resistant properties kyanite is also highly resistant to corrosion and wear.  This means it's a durable and long-lasting material.

Kyanite crystals are translucent and often exhibit a vitreous lustre.  They're known for being pleochroic and also for having a variation in hardness.  Whilst most natural minerals have one hardness, kyanite and a few others have two.

When tested lengthways the crystals grade 4 to 5 on Mohs scale of hardness but when tested across the width of the same crystal it grades 6 to 7.  This characteristic along with the fact that crystals are brittle makes it a difficult material to cut.

Kyanite crystals usually form as long slender blades.  The mineral can also occur as a mass of radiating crystals.   

Kyanite is not used as a gemstone that often but when it is, it tends to be faceted.  It's not uncommon for stones to have a 'scratchy' appearance and/or other minor surface imperfections.

The finest grade gemstones can rival the colour of blue sapphire.

Kyanite can be found in the United States, Brazil, Switzerland, Russia, Serbia, India and Kenya.  Fine gem-grade crystals have also been found in Nepal although exact quantities are unknown.
blue kyanite blades on quartz matrix

Kyanite Healing Properties

Kyanite is one of only a few crystals that doesn't accumulate or retain negative energy.  It aligns all of the chakras.

It enhances communication and self-expression and improves the ability to express thoughts and feelings.  

It revitalizes the body's energy systems and enhances natural healing processes.

Kyanite enhances stamina and encourages physical vitality.  It can help you persevere in activities and situations that would normally reduce strength.  It supports the body's energy systems to enable you to push beyond your normal limits.

In our fast-paced world achieving emotional and mental equilibrium can be a constant struggle. Kyanite acts as a gentle guide, encouraging emotional healing and mental clarity.

By drawing off negative energy it helps dissolve emotional blockages, reduces stress and anxiety and instills a deep sense of serenity.  This can be useful for those who feel they've lost their way in life.  Kyanite promotes self-love and fosters forgiveness and acceptance. 

It provides comfort and support to help you navigate through difficult emotions and experiences. 

Kyanite emits positive energy for those looking to advance in their career.  It can be useful for managing stress and encourages resilience. It promotes a positive mindset and helps navigate obstacles with grace and determination.

Article Photos

Both photos in our article are clickable and redirect to the original images.  The photos are courtesy of Stan Celestian. 

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