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Design your lifestyle according to your inner truth.

Listen and act upon the promptings of your heart.

Love your physical body and respect its true needs.

Let Vesuvianite inspire you to create true harmony!

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Healing Properties of Vesuvianite

Spiritual: Vesuvianite brings balance and harmony to our mind, heart, and body, allowing our spirit to be blissfully free and able to manifest our true desires. It aligns our thoughts, words, actions, and even our conscious and subconscious beliefs with whatever most supports our Highest Good. Vesuvianite supports deep transformational work, and is an excellent tool for both Lightworkers supporting transition as well as their clients making the actual changes. Vesuvianite increases clairsentience and empathy, helping us to be more compassionate and wise in all our dealings. Vesuvianite is attuned to Heart Chakra and linked to the astrological signs of Sagittarius and Capricorn. It is connected to the element of  Earth and vibrates to the Numbers 2 and 3.

Emotional: Vesuvianite helps us feel safe and grounded enough to feel all the emotions that course through us, without becoming overwhelmed by them. In particular, it helps us to pay better attention to the link between our physical body and our emotional body. Reminding us that taking care of our body, through healthy eating habits, exercise, sleep, etc…is good for our mental and emotional health. Likewise, when we have good emotional habits, by having healthy boundaries, regular social interaction, access to nature, etc…our physical bodies reap the benefits. Vesuvianite is a stone of courage, inviting us to change ourselves and to shake up our world. It dares us to become the best version of ourselves.

Mental: Vesuvianite heightens our analytical skills for self-exploration and understanding others. It helps us to stop and question negative thoughts and patterns and to focus instead on problem-solving and creating lasting joy and peace. In particular, Vesuvianite can help us to explore our basic response mechanisms to negative situations; “fight, flight, freeze, or fawn” and learn why we respond the way we do to situations and whether or not we need to change our responses. Anyone who needs to make a major life decision, whether about a relationship, career, or habit will strongly benefit from working with Vesuvianite. It is a highly creative stone as well, making it an excellent talisman for inventors and artists.

Physical: Vesuvianite is said to strengthen the physical body, either to heal it after sickness or injury, as well as to bring it into peak condition during training. Metaphysical healers most often use it to treat the legs and feet, as well as to restore or strengthen our sense of smell. It is also believed to help reduce varicose veins and promote young and healthy skin, as well as whiter teeth.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

***Vesuvianite has the same qualities as Idocrase, the only difference is whether the crystal is translucent or opaque. 

Mineralogy of Vesuvianite

Vesuvianite Crystal, Jeffrey Mine, Quebec, Canada

Mineral Family: Sorosilicates

Chemical Composition: Ca10(Mg, Fe)2Al4 (SiO2O7)2(OH,F)4
Cleavage: Poor
Color: Green, yellow (most common), may also be red, black, blue or purple
Crystal System: Tetragonal or monoclinic
Form/Habit: Prismatic
Fracture: Subconchoidal to uneven, brittle
Gravity: 3.4
Hardness: 6.5
Luminescence: Orangey-yellow (long wave) / Yellow (short wave)
Luster: Vitreous to resinous
Streak: White to pale greenish-brown
Transparency: Translucent to Opaque

Location: Gemstone-quality Vesuvianite (Idocrase) is found in Canada, Italy, Russia and the United States (California, Maine, New Jersey and New York.) Additional deposits have been found in Brazil, India, Kenya, Mexico, Sri Lanka and Switzerland.

Mineral Family: Veusivainite is a Silicate mineral. Silicate minerals form the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Vesuvianite belongs to the sorosilcate family, in which two tetrahedral groups share a single oxygen molecule. It is closely related to Danburite, Dragonstone, Epidote and Zoisite.

Formation: Vesuvianite is formed by the contact metamorphism of limestone, and is typically found in Marble or Granite.

Mining: Vesuvianite is mined in its primary deposit, usually in association with CalciteGrossular Garnets, and Diopside.

Enhancements: All Vesuvianites are fully natural and have been enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing. Because of their color, they are sometimes used as substitutes for Emerald and Jade.

Synonyms: Idocrase, Californite, California Jade, American Jade, Vesuvianite Jade, Xanthite, Wiluite

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Gemstone

History of Vesuvianite

Vesuvianite/Idocrase was discovered relatively recently by the metaphysical community and so its attributes are still being explored. It was not included in any of the old lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. Vesuvianite does not have any myths associated with it.

The stone Vesuvianite/Idocrase occupies a strange place in the metaphysical world, as it is sometimes known by one name and sometimes by the other. For example, in Melody’s “Love is in the Earth” and Judy Hall’s “The Crystal Bible” the gemstone is listed as Idocrase. By contrast, Robert Simmon’s “The Book of Stones” lists it as Vesuvianite. For geological purposes, Vesuvianite is the correct name.

Mount Vesuvius, the volcano lost its top during a particularly fierce eruption in C.E. 79, which also buried the Roman City of Pompeii.

The stone was originally named Vesuvianite by the “Father of German Geology,” A. G. Werner (1749-1817), based on specimens found on Mount Vesuvius, Italy in 1795. The next year R. J. Haiiy (1734-1822), a French mineralogist, described a new stone which he called Idocrase. The name comes from the Greek words eidos (form) and krausis (mixture), or “mixed form,” a reference to the fact that the crystals can take a variety of different forms, from that of a dull earthy stone to a highly vibrant gemstone. It wasn’t until much later that geologists realized that Vesuvianite and Idocrase were, in fact, the same stone. Since Vesuvianite is the older name, it took precedence. While the name Vesuvianite is still used by geologists, jewelers often use the name Idocrase to refer specifically to transparent Vesuvianite crystals. The metaphysical community ranges back and forth between the two terms, using them interchangeably.    

Photos: Vesuvianite

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  1. Tammy K (North Carolina)

    My three crystals just arrived and they are beautiful! The vesuvianite feels particularly soothing at the moment.

  2. Sara S. (Wisconsin)

    My crystals are soooo pretty!! Thank you!

  3. David G. (New Jersey)

    Great gem, customer service was fantastic!

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