Published January 2021  •  Updated November 2022  •  Read Time: 7 minutes

Ruby Iolite has an extremely well-balanced energy.  It can be hot and intense, inspiring courage and passion.

Ruby Iolite Meaning

Spiritual Healing Properties

Ruby Iolite has an extremely well-balanced energy.  It can be hot and intense, inspiring courage and passion.  It can also be cool and calm, encouraging meditation and intuitive practices.  Together, this hot and cool energy help us to find and follow the right path for our unique spiritual journey.  Ruby Iolite invites us to follow our bliss and to recognize where we need to grow and how we can move forward.  It asks us to be very honest with ourselves and to be aware of our strengths and weaknesses, so that we can work with them, rather than run from them.  Ruby Iolite is an excellent crystal ally for manifestation and other visionary practices.

Metaphysical Properties Ruby Iolite
Chakra Root, Heart and Third Eye
Element Earth and Wind
Numerology 3 and 7
Zodiac Taurus, Cancer, Leo, Libra Scorpio and Sagittarius

Emotional Healing Properties

Ruby Iolite is an excellent stone for emotional balance and for working on our relationships.  It encourages internal harmony and helps us to recognize what best serves us and what actually harms us.  Ruby Iolite pushes us to strive for wellness and to refuse to stay stuck in negative situations or patterns.  It is especially good to work with when the power dynamic in a relationship is off-balance and one party is taking advantage of another.  Ruby Iolite helps us to effectively shift the relationship into something healthier and happier.  Ruby Iolite actively encourages us to regularly reassess our relationships.  It reminds us that relationships are active contracts and are constantly evolving.  As such they require regular care and the needs of each person may change over time.  Ruby Iolite helps us to continually grow and becoming more emotionally intelligent and aware.  It has a positive and hopeful energy that keeps frustration and despair at bay.  It is also a good grounding stone that helps us to focus on solutions and the future, rather than dwelling on problems and the past.  It helps us celebrate our good progress and to never take our relationships for granted.

Mental Healing Properties

Ruby Iolite stimulates the mind, helping us to be engaged and thoughtful.  It encourages us to continually educate ourselves and to willingly re-calibrate our opinions when new information requires that.  It helps us to be comfortable with questioning our own opinions and beliefs.  It can even help us to be more comfortable with admitting to being "wrong" and to gracefully let go of incorrect information and embrace new paradigms.  Ruby Iolite helps us to be better listeners and to effectively communicate our own opinions and ideas.  Ruby Iolite helps us to stay logical and act like adults, rather than dissolving into childish hurt and emotional over-reactions.  It is an excellent tool for goal-setting and group-building in our careers.  It is also a stone of abundance, attracting financial wealth and helping us develop good money management skills.

Physical Healing Properties

Ruby Iolite is recommended for anyone wanting to developing healthier habits.  It helps us to explore all of our conscious and unconscious beliefs and habits that directly affect our physical body and health.  It encourages us to make smart plans and staying focused on our physical goals, such as getting more exercise, changing our diet, eliminating addictions, etc.  Ruby gives us courage and self-love to realease any bad habits, while Iolite gives us the sensible wisdom to be realistic rather than idealistic.  Being realistic doesn't mean to dream small, but rather to make sure we've set ourselves up for success and given ourselves enough time to achieve our goals.  Ruby Iolite is also a fantasic talisman for issues involving the heart or liver.

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Ruby Iolite Mineralogy

Where does Ruby Iolite come from?

Ruby Combinations can be found anywhere Rubies grow.  However most of the Ruby Combination stones on the market come from India, with the exception of Ruby Zoisite which is from Tanzania.

Mining and Treatments

Pure Ruby is often mined at a secondary deposit in the gravel beds of rivers.  But Ruby Combination stones are often mined at the primary location and removed directly from the bedrock.  The mines can be pits or tunnels, typically artisanal or small-scale.

The Rubies in Ruby Combination stones aren't gem-quality, so they have been left in their natural matrix.  They are completely natural, enhanced only by cutting and polishing.

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Ruby Combination

Mineral Family

Ruby Combinations are not a single mineral, but rather a rock. As an easy way to understand the difference, think of rocks as being like cookies and minerals as being the ingredients which make up those cookies. Many different minerals are used to create a rock! In the case of Ruby Combinations several minerals may be present.

  • Ruby Cordierite: grey/tan Cordierite (Iolite), red Corundum (Ruby)
  • Ruby Fuchsite: green Fuchsite, red Corundum (Ruby), may also have blue Kyanite, white Muscovite and/or Quartz
  • Ruby Kyanite: blue Kyanite and red Corundum (Ruby)
  • Ruby Zoisite: green Zoisite, red Corundum (Ruby), and black/dark green Pargasite.

Ruby Iolite's energy works well with its family – other minerals.  Try it in combination with

Ruby Iolite Formation and Crystal Associates

Ruby Combination is a type of metamorphic rock created by regional metamorphism and hydrothermal alteration. Rubies as well as Cordierite, Fuchsite, Kyanite and Zoisite are all formed during the metamorphic process, and in rare cases may naturally fuse together into a single stone. Regional metamorphism occurs when there is a collision between tectonic plates, causing geological changes over a large area. Hydrothermal alteration happens when underground water is heated up to incredibly high temperatures. The hot water flows through minerals, leaving traces of other minerals in its wake, which can then grow in combination over time.

Ruby Iolite’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with

Mineralogy Ruby Iolite
Rock Type Metamorphic Rock
Major Minerals Ruby + Cordierite, Fuchsite, Kyanite or Zoisite
Minor Minerals Pargasite
Color Multicolored
Texture Gneissic
Transparency Opaque
Special Features

History of Ruby Iolite

Ruby always grows entwined with other minerals.  When the Ruby is a transparent gem, it is carefully cut away from the matrix and sold to the fine jewelry industry.  But sometimes the Ruby is opaque and the matrix is pretty, and so these stones are polished and carved for jewelry, talismans, and decorative purposes.  Ruby combination stones can be appreciated by anyone who loves beauty and the finer things.  But the largest market for these Ruby combination stones is the metaphysical industry which appreciates not only their coloring, but also their energy and affordable price point.

The first Ruby combination stones sold on the market were Ruby Zoisite from Tanzania and Ruby Kyanite from India.  Both had entered the market by the late 20th century and are mentioned in the modern lapidary classic,  Love is in the Earth (1995).  In 2002, Ruby Fuchsite from India joined them and also sold well.  It was a lighter green than the Zoisite and sometimes the Rubies were ringed by thin bands of Kyanite.  All three types are easily carved.  The Ruby Zoisites were often exported to India and Indian lapidaries carved the Ruby combination stones into hearts, wands, skulls, pyramids, spheres and every other shape imaginable.

In 2012, Ruby Cordierite entered the market.  Cordierite is the scientific name for the gemstone Iolite.  While Iolite is dark blue, Cordierite can be many colors and is often tan.  When sold as Ruby Cordierite, these stones don't sell as well as the other Ruby combination stones.  This is probably because the tan Cordierite is less visually striking and Cordierite is not well-known in the metaphysical world.  But change the name to Ruby Iolite and suddenly this stone is popular in the metaphysical crowd! Such is the fickle taste of the marketplace.

Ruby Zoisite Pair Of Owls