Ruby Zoisite (Gem-Quality)
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Mineraology of Ruby Zoisite
Color: Green, red, black
Gravity: Varies widely, 3.2-4.05
Hardness: Varies widely, 6-9
Luminescence: Red and orange-yellow, (long wave), Red (short wave)
Location: The only known sources for Ruby Zoisite are located in Kenya and Tanzania.
Rock Family: Ruby Zoisite is 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 Zoisite, typically three minerals are present, green Zoisite, red Corundum (Ruby), and black/dark green Pargasite.
Formation: Ruby Zoisite is a type of metamorphic rock created by regional metamorphism and hydrothermal alteration. Both Zoisite and Rubies are formed during the metamorphic process, and in rare cases may naturally fuse together into a single stone (along with black Pargasite). 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 is found within gneiss rocks found in the ancient Mozambique Collision Belt.
Mining: Mined at its primary deposit, the principal purpose being to mine gem-quality Rubies. However, beautiful specimens of Ruby Zoisite are also gathered. Most of the Ruby Zoisite on the market was mined near the small town of Longido, in the Arusha Region of northeastern Tanzania.
Enhancements: The Rubies in Ruby Zoisite are rarely gem quality, so typically these strikingly colored stones will remain intact. All Ruby Zoisites on the market are completely natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
Other Names: Anyolite, Ruby in Zoisite, Ruby-Zoisite, Tanganyika Artstone
History of Ruby Zoisite
Ruby Zoisite is a relatively “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.
Ruby Zoisite was first documented in 1949 by two English prospectors who had lived in Kenya for many years. During one expedition, one of the partners discovered a large flat basin of green stones covered in bright red Rubies. Some of the rubies could be picked right off the ground! Others were nestled within the Green Zoisite. Within two weeks, the site had been officially “claimed” and work began. The site would eventually be recognized as the largest single producer of Rubies ever discovered!
Today, most of the gem-quality Rubies are gone, and so the mine now exists to extract Ruby Zoisites, which are essentially low grade Rubies in a Zoisite matrix. These stones can be easily polished and carved for jewelry and decorative purposes. Depending on the size, shape, and location of the rubies within the Zoisite – fantastical carvings are possible!
Photos: Ruby Zoisite Carving
Healing Properties of Ruby Zoisite
Spiritual: 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. Ruby Zoisite is attuned to the Root, Heart, Third Eye Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Scorpio, Sagittarius. It is connected to the element of Earth and Storm and vibrates to the numbers 3 and 4.
Emotional: 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: 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: 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.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Ruby Zoisite
The Miners sell to a rough Gem Dealer/Exporter.
The Gem Dealer sells to the Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is clean and relatively short.
The Mine and Lapidary are in different countries and at least one middleman is involved.
This Ruby Zoisite was artisionally-mined in Tanzania.
The exact deposit is unknown, but most likely caused only minor environmental damage,
and would have been relatively low-risk for workers.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Charoite was polished in Mumbai, India.
The Lapidary is a family business, owned by two business partners.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first met one of the owners of the lapidary at the Denver Gem Show in 2017. Our first encounter was short since it was my last day of shopping and I had already spent most of my budget. But their tumbled stock was the highest quality I had ever seen. A few months later we met again in Tucson and this time I made sure to see them at the beginning of the show!
In 2019, at the Tucson Gem Show, I was able to sit down with both owners and have a lengthy conversation about sourcing. Unlike most vendors, they were willing to speak with me in-depth about how they make sure their business is ethical. We talked about individual mines they source from both in India as well as how they source from other countries. We also talked about how they treat their own workers and about the links between business, karma and God. Their willingness to talk and their pleasure at the conversation makes me eager to continue to develop and deepen this relationship.
Ruby Zoisite Tumbled Stone
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Ruby Zoisite
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