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Mineralogy of Ruby Iolite
Rock Type: Metamorphic rock
Major Minerals: Corundum (Oxide) and Cordierite (Cyclosilicate)
Color: Pink/Red and Gray/Blue
Gravity: Varies; Ruby 4-4.1, Cordierite 2.6
Hardness: Varies; Ruby 9, Cordierite 7-7.5
Luminescence: Red (long and short waves)
Location: The only known deposit for Ruby Iolite is India.
Rock Family: Ruby Iolite is not a mineral, but rather a rock. An easy way to understand the difference is that rocks are like cookies and minerals are ingredients like flour or sugar. Many different minerals are used to create a rock! In this case, it is a metamorphic rock that combines the red Corundum with grey Cordierite. Red Corundum is more often known by its gem name, “Ruby”, while Cordierite is more often known by its gem name “Iolite”.
Formation: Ruby Iolite is a rare type of metamorphic rock. Both Ruby and Iolite are formed by metamorphic processes and most likely these two crystals grew at the same time and became infused.
Mining: Ruby Iolites are mined as a secondary stone. The primary purpose of the mine would be to find precious gem-quality Rubies and semi-precious gem-quality Iolites.
Enhancements: All Ruby Iolites are completely natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting and polishing.
Synonyms: Ruby in Cordierite
History of Ruby Iolite
Ruby Iolite is a “new” healing stone whose properties have only recently begun to be explored. As a result, it was not included in early lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers, nor is it included in any known modern lapidaries. There is no known unique history for this stone.
Healing Properties of Ruby Iolite
Spiritual: 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. Ruby Iolite is attuned to the Root, Heart and Third Eye Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Taurus, Cancer, Leo, Libra Scorpio and Sagittarius. It is connected to the Elements of Earth and Wind and vibrates to the number 3 and 7.
Emotional: 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: 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: Ruby Iolite is used by metaphysical healers to bring the physical body back into balance. It is an excellent stone for exploring conscious and unconscious beliefs and habits that directly affect our physical body and health. It is useful for making smart plans and staying focused on our physical goals, such as getting more exercise, changing our diet, eliminating addictions, etc. Ruby Iolite is believed to help heal the brain, heart, and liver.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Ruby Iolite
The Miners sell directly to the Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is short.
The Mine and Lapidary are located in the same country.
This Ruby Iolite was artisanally-mined in Orrissa, India.
The exact deposit is unknown, but most likely caused only minor environmental damage,
and would have been relatively low risk for miners.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Ruby Iolite was polished in Mumbai, India.
The Lapidary is owned by a woman and is a family business.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first met the owner of the lapidary in 2014 at the Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona. It was my first buying trip for my own store and I was nervous. Most lapidary owners were brisk and impatient with my questions, especially when I asked about the mines and the supply chains. But one man stood out to me as particularly patient and kind. He had been a whole-seller for over twenty years, yet he was happy to meet someone brand-new to the industry.
He took time to talk to me about the stones. They came from his home country of India and he was able to tell me exactly which state or territory each one came from and some of the conditions at the individual mines. When I told him that I wanted to source ethically, he said that it would be difficult, but that it was worthwhile challenge. He made me feel like I could succeed, both at ethical sourcing and at being a business woman.
I looked forward to a long business relationship with him. He died, unexpectedly, in 2016.
I stayed in touch with his family and in 2017 met his wife, teenage daughter, and his father. This three-generation family has picked up the pieces and learned how to run the business. The wife had never worked before, but she has gracefully stepped into her new role as a business owner. Her father-in-law offers practical and moral support, but makes sure that everyone knows that SHE is the boss and that checks should be written directly to her. The family continues to be supportive of my efforts to ethically source. More than any other lapidary, they are willing to speak openly with me about the difficult parts of the industry.
Ruby Iolite Tumbled Stone
Color: Gray Corundum/Iolite, with pink Rubies. This is a 100 % natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days, while International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Ruby Iolite
Cleaning Healing Crystals
There are many ways to cleanse, charge, and set intentions with crystals.
Before cleaning your healing crystals, always consider the geology of each stone. Some stones are sensitive to water and/or sunlight. Best Practice is to keep your stones out of direct sunlight when you’re not working with them, simply because the sunlight will fade the crystal’s color over time. This is especially true for transparent and translucent gems. Remember crystals grow underground where it’s nice and dark! Stones that are formed in dry desert conditions may be harmed by immersion in water. This is especially true for fragile and porous stones.
One of the easiest and most effective way to energetically clean crystals is to smudge them with smoke from plants like sage, juniper, cedar, lavender, tobacco, etc. Each plant has its own unique smell and spiritual property. Moonrise Crystals smudges with white mountain sage (for cleansing) and sweet grass (for kindness) before the crystals are sent to their forever home with you.
Other common ways to energetically clean healing crystals are to set stones near a piece of Carnelian, Citrine, Kyanite, Selenite or other stones that are energy purifiers. Be sure to pamper the purifying stones regularly so that they can continue to do their job properly. Citrine and Kyanite are self-cleansers that don’t “need” extra care. But they will love getting extra attention from you!
If a stone is doing a lot of heavy energetic work, one of the best ways to restore its energy reserves is to allow it to rest on the earth, next to a plant. A potted plant inside the house works just fine. Let the crystal rest overnight or longer, until its energy feels bright and sparkly again.
Charging and Setting Intentions with Healing Crystals
There is no right/wrong way to charge and set intentions. But here’s a few ways that it’s done at Moonrise Crystals.
Cleanse the crystals and yourself. It is good to take the time to physically clean stones before doing spiritual work. It sets a tone of purity, respect, and reverence. Hold the crystals or be near them. Sing or talk to the stones. Tell them about yourself and what you are working on. Ask them for their help. You don’t need to use any special words, simply speak from the heart. Treat the crystals like your best friends and closest allies. They want to help you.
If you feel shy or awkward, you can also write your message on a piece of paper and set the stones on top of it. Music, including singing bowls, can also be used. The most important thing is simply to be present with the stones and focused on setting the intention.
This can be done at any time, day or night. However, nighttime is often a particularly good time for setting intentions. Take the crystals outside, if possible. You can talk to your crystals outside, or you may just want to sit near them and meditate or pray.
- During the Full Moon, energy is amplified. It is also a wonderful time to celebrate in the bright light when your intentions are already going well and you want to keep the trend going.
- The New Moon is a time for new beginnings. The darkness is like planting a seed underground. It will grow up into the Light.
- Eclipses, meteorite showers, and other astronomical events will add their own unique energy.
- Knowing where the moon is astrologically, can also add a fun element to intention setting. The moon changes signs every 2-3 days.
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