Published April 2018  •  Updated February 2024  •  Read Time: 5 minutes
Ruby Zoisite is a fantastic fusion of brilliant red Ruby with vivid green Zoisite that helps us live with joy and gratitude.  This unique rock is found only in small-scale mines in Tanzania.  A few Rubies are precious enough for the fine jewelry industry, but most are opaque and so better suited for the collector’s market.  This pretty gem can take a beautiful polish and can be intricately carved.  The best sculptures take advantage of the contrasting colors creating one-of-a-kind pieces.  Energetically, it is heart-centered and hopeful.  It is an extremely comforting stone to work when grieving a loved one’s death or when fearful for one’s own mortality.

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Ruby Zoisite Healing Energy

Spiritual Healing Properties

Ruby Zoisite is a magical combination which can inspire us to live with greater joy and gratitude. Green Zoisite inspires growth and fertility, while Ruby brings passion and vitality. Together they create a stone whose energy celebrates living in the moment and letting go of all fear. It can also help us to access our soul’s memories, making it a very useful tool for past-life work.

Metaphysical Properties Ruby Zoisite
Chakra Root, Heart and Third Eye
Element Earth and Storm
Numerology 3 and 4
Zodiac Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Scorpio, Sagittarius

Emotional Healing Properties

Ruby Zoisite has a very positive, almost playful energy. It can help to soothe emotional pain associated with grief, anger, and despair. It is a particularly helpful stone for anyone who is grieving the death of a loved one or fearing their own death. It helps us to understand that death is merely another change, and perhaps can even be seen as a new big adventure. It encourages us to stay heart-centered, hopeful, and peaceful.

Mental Healing Properties

Ruby Zoisite can help us to discover and develop our mental talents. It increases our sense of intuition, and is particularly helpful for making connections, mental leaps, and seeing both the “big picture” and the little details all at once. It is a wonderful talisman for artists and designers, especially those who love color and contrast. It is also very helpful for analytical people who may struggle to form deep personal connections.  It helps us to see the inherent logic that motivates various emotions, making these seemly “illogical” concepts suddenly become very understandable and easily related to.

Physical Healing Properties

Ruby Zoisite is one of the most powerful healing stones for anyone who is experiencing a terminal illness and may be grappling with issues of life and death. It is commonly used by metaphysical healers for healing the heart, pancreas, and anything which results in diminished physical vitality. It is also said to increase fertility and heal the reproductive system. It is also a wonderful talisman to remind us to keep our blood sugar levels balanced and our blood pressure at a healthy level.

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Geology of Ruby Zoisite

Where does Ruby Zoisite come from?

Ruby combinations can be found anywhere Rubies grow.  This particular variety of Rubies mixed with green Zoisite is found only in Tanzania.

Mining and Treatments

Pure Ruby is often mined at a secondary deposit in the gravel beds of rivers.  By contrast, Ruby combination stones are typically mined at the primary location and removed directly from the bedrock.  The mines are artisanal tunnels and shafts.  Some of the Rubies found in the mine are gem-quality and removed from the matrix rock, others aren’t and so are left in the Zoisite matrix.  They are completely natural, enhanced only by cutting and polishing.


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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 this case the two main minerals are red Rubies and green Zoisite.  There are often black dots and streaks of Hornblende minerals such as Pargasite or Tschermakite

Ruby Zoisite’s energy works well with its family – other Ruby Combination minerals.  Try it in combination with Ruby Fuchsite, Ruby Iolite, and Ruby Kyanite

Ruby Zoisite Formation and Crystal Associates

Ruby combinations are metamorphic rocks created by regional metamorphism and hydrothermal alteration. Rubies and Zoisite are both 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 Zoisite’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Muscovite and Rhodolite Garnet

Mineralogy Ruby Zoisite
Rock Type Metamorphic Rock
Major Minerals Ruby + Zoisite
Minor Minerals Pargasite, Tschermakite
Color Green, red, may also have minor black inclusions
Texture Gneissic
Transparency Opaque

History of Ruby Zoisite

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.  It’s not clear which one was first, but both had entered the market by the late 20th century and are mentioned in the modern lapidary classic,  Love is in the Earth (1995).  The Tanzanian gems were often exported to India and Indian lapidaries it in into hearts, wands, skulls, pyramids, spheres and every other shape imaginable.  Because the Rubies are more distinct in Zoisite than they are in many other Ruby combination, sculptures can make incredible one-of-a-kind sculptures that play on the visual difference between the bright red Rubies and the vivid green Zoisite.

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