About the Mineral Ruby Zoisite
Ruby zoisite is a metamorphic rock that features distinctive red coloured crystals of the mineral corundum within green zoisite. It's not unusual for black crystals of hornblende to also be present. Due to the striking colours in ruby zosite it's widely used for decorative purposes but the difference in hardness of the two primary minerals means it can be a difficult stone to work with. On Mohs scale of mineral hardness zoisite grades 6½ whilst corundum grades 9. Gem grade red corundum is ruby.
The mineral ruby zoisite is quite a rare stone and 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 refer to the mineral as ruby in zoisite as an expression of pride that precious ruby can be found on their land. This name is quite widely used around the world and happens to be a more accurate description of what it actually is.
Ruby in zoisite is often confused with ruby in fuchsite which has a very similar appearance but is more common hence considerably cheaper. The vast majority comes from India.
Ruby Zoisite Healing Properties
In crystal healing 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 and amplifies the energy field around the body.
Ruby zoisite develops spiritual learning and enables you to have a better understanding of life and everything it has to offer. It can be helpful for past life work and for healing the soul. It promotes individuality whilst keeping you on the same level as the rest of humanity. The combination of the minerals ruby and zoisite work together to offer support and strength and will help you work towards achieving your dreams.
For those carrying guilt or negative feelings ruby zoisite can help to create a better understanding. An ideal stone to use for meditation, it creates deep meaningful experiences and enables you to connect with your spiritual guide.
Ruby zoisite creates spontaneous joy and laughter and brings with it an enthusiasm for life.
The ruby zoisite in the photo at the top of our page is on display in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C. Photo by Stone Mania ©. The second photo which is courtesy of Stan Celestian features ruby zoisite from Tanzania. Both images are clickable and redirect to the original full size photo.