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

Ruby Zoisite is a magical combination which can inspire us to live with greater joy and gratitude.

Ruby Zoisite Meaning

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. Ruby Zoisite 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. Ruby Zoisite helps us to understand that death is merely another change, and perhaps can even be seen as a new big adventure. Ruby Zoisite helps 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. Ruby Zoisite is a wonderful talisman for artists and designers, especially those who love color and contrast. Ruby Zoisite is also very helpful for analytical people who may struggle to form deep personal connections. Ruby Zoisite 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. Ruby Zoisite 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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Ruby Zoisite Mineralogy

Where does Ruby Zoisite come from?

Ruby Combinations can be found anywhere Rubies grow.  Ruby Zoisite is found only in 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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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 Zoisite 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.

Mineralogy Ruby Zoisite
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 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.  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