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Ruby Zoisite Properties Facts and Photos

Ruby zoisite mineral on display in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

What is Ruby Zoisite?

Ruby zoisite is a colourful metamorphic rock that features crystals of red corundum and green zoisite.  It's not unusual for hornblende to also be present.

Due to its striking colour stones are widely used for decorative purposes.  The difference in hardness of the minerals corundum and zoisite can make working with the stone quite difficult.  On Mohs scale of mineral hardness zoisite grades 6.5 whilst corundum grades 9.

Gem grade red corundum is ruby.

Ruby zoisite is quite a rare stone.  The vast majority comes from northern Tanzania.  The name anyolite is also sometimes used which comes from the Maasai word 'anyoli' meaning 'green'.  The Maasai prefer to call it ruby in zoisite as an expression of pride that precious ruby can be found on their land.

The name ruby in zoisite is widely used around the world.  It happens to be a more accurate description of what the stone is.

Ruby in zoisite is often confused with ruby in fuchsite which has a very similar appearance.  The vast majority comes from India.  With it more being readily available it's also considerably cheaper.

cut and polished piece of ruby zoisite from Tanzania

Ruby Zoisite Healing Properties

When used for its healing properties ruby zoisite is said to enhance psychic powers including the ability to enter a trance.  It helps increase creativity and uniqueness without losing connection with humanity.  It also amplifies the energy field around the body.  

Ruby zoisite helps develop spiritual learning and enables you to have a better understanding of life and everything it has to offer.  We're the master of our own destiny but the pressures of everyday life often lead to us losing our way.

The ruby and zoisite work together to help us untangle ourselves from what we perceive to be normal.  Our repetitive daily routine is actually the very thing that's holding us back.  Once free only then do we have the opportunity to find serenity and happiness.

Ruby zoisite is a stone of strength that will push you to achieve your dreams.  When used for past-life work it brings clarity to memories and eases the journey.  It can also be used for deep healing of the soul.

It promotes flair and individuality whilst keeping you well grounded.  The nature of its healing properties encourage you to find freedom instead of being tied to fixed patterns of behaviour. 

For those carrying guilt or negative feelings ruby zoisite can help you better understand yourself.  An ideal crystal for meditation, it creates deep meaningful experiences and can bring you into contact with your spirit guide.

Ruby zoisite creates spontaneous joy and laughter and rekindles an enthusiasm for life.

The meaning and properties of ruby zoisite are entwined with the desire to be free.  This crystal helps you distance yourself from the materialistic lifestyle that often brings more misery than happiness. 

Article Pictures

The ruby zoisite in the picture at the top of our article is on display in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C. Photo by Stone Mania. The second picture is courtesy of Stan Celestian.  Both are clickable and redirect to the original non-compressed image.

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