Ruby Zoisite | Meaning and Properties



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About Ruby Zoisite

Ruby zoisite is a metamorphic rock which features distinctive red coloured crystals of the mineral corundum within green zoisite.  Red corundum is better known as ruby.  It's not unusual for black crystals of hornblende to also be present.  Due to this stone's striking colour it's widely used as a lapidary material but the difference in hardness of the two primary minerals means that it can be difficult to work with.  On Mohs scale of mineral hardness zoisite grades 6½ whilst corundum grades 9.  

In crystal healing ruby zoisite is said to enhance psychic powers including the ability to enter a trance.  It can to help increase creativity and uniqueness without losing connection with humanity and provides amplification of the entire energy field of the body.

The vast majority of ruby zoisite comes from northern Tanzania and the name anyolite is also sometimes used which comes from the Maasai word anyoli meaning "green".  The Maasai themselves refer to the stone as ruby in zoisite as an expression of pride that such a precious mineral can be found on their land.  It also happens to be a more accurate description of what the material is.  

Stones are often confused with ruby in fuchsite which has a very similar appearance but is more common hence is considerably cheaper and more readily available.  The vast majority of stones come from India.



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