Live in true balance, physically and spiritually.
Design your lifestyle according to your inner truth.
Listen and act upon the promptings of your heart.
Love your physical body and respect its true needs.
Let Vesuvianite inspire you to create true harmony!
Mineralogy of Vesuvianite
Mineral Family: Sorosilicates
Chemical Composition: Ca10(Mg, Fe)2Al4 (SiO2O7)2(OH,F)4
Color: Green, yellow (most common), may also be red, black, blue or purple
Crystal System: Tetragonal or monoclinic
Fracture: Subconchoidal to uneven, brittle
Luminescence: Orangey-yellow (long wave) / Yellow (short wave)
Luster: Vitreous to resinous
Streak: White to pale greenish-brown
Transparency: Translucent to Opaque
Location: Gemstone-quality Vesuvianite (Idocrase) is found in Canada, Italy, Russia and the United States (California, Maine, New Jersey and New York.) Additional deposits have been found in Brazil, India, Kenya, Mexico, Sri Lanka and Switzerland.
Mineral Family: Veusivainite is a Silicate mineral. Silicate minerals form the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Vesuvianite belongs to the sorosilcate family, in which two tetrahedral groups share a single oxygen molecule. It is closely related to Danburite, Dragonstone, Epidote and Zoisite.
Formation: Vesuvianite is formed by the contact metamorphism of limestone, and is typically found in Marble or Granite.
Synonyms: Idocrase, Californite, California Jade, American Jade, Vesuvianite Jade, Xanthite, Wiluite
History of Vesuvianite
Vesuvianite/Idocrase was discovered relatively recently by the metaphysical community and so its attributes are still being explored. It was not included in any of the old lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. Vesuvianite does not have any myths associated with it.
The stone Vesuvianite/Idocrase occupies a strange place in the metaphysical world, as it is sometimes known by one name and sometimes by the other. For example, in Melody’s “Love is in the Earth” and Judy Hall’s “The Crystal Bible” the gemstone is listed as Idocrase. By contrast, Robert Simmon’s “The Book of Stones” lists it as Vesuvianite. For geological purposes, Vesuvianite is the correct name.
The stone was originally named Vesuvianite by the “Father of German Geology,” A. G. Werner (1749-1817), based on specimens found on Mount Vesuvius, Italy in 1795. The next year R. J. Haiiy (1734-1822), a French mineralogist, described a new stone which he called Idocrase. The name comes from the Greek words eidos (form) and krausis (mixture), or “mixed form,” a reference to the fact that the crystals can take a variety of different forms, from that of a dull earthy stone to a highly vibrant gemstone. It wasn’t until much later that geologists realized that Vesuvianite and Idocrase were, in fact, the same stone. Since Vesuvianite is the older name, it took precedence. While the name Vesuvianite is still used by geologists, jewelers often use the name Idocrase to refer specifically to transparent Vesuvianite crystals. The metaphysical community ranges back and forth between the two terms, using them interchangeably.
Healing Properties of Vesuvianite
Spiritual: Vesuvianite brings balance and harmony to our mind, heart, and body, allowing our spirit to be blissfully free and able to manifest our true desires. It aligns our thoughts, words, actions, and even our conscious and subconscious beliefs with whatever most supports our Highest Good. Vesuvianite supports deep transformational work, and is an excellent tool for both Lightworkers supporting transition as well as their clients making the actual changes. Vesuvianite increases clairsentience and empathy, helping us to be more compassionate and wise in all our dealings. Vesuvianite is attuned to Heart Chakra and linked to the astrological signs of Sagittarius and Capricorn. It is connected to the element of Earth and vibrates to the Numbers 2 and 3.
Emotional: Vesuvianite helps us feel safe and grounded enough to feel all the emotions that course through us, without becoming overwhelmed by them. In particular, it helps us to pay better attention to the link between our physical body and our emotional body. Reminding us that taking care of our body, through healthy eating habits, exercise, sleep, etc…is good for our mental and emotional health. Likewise, when we have good emotional habits, by having healthy boundaries, regular social interaction, access to nature, etc…our physical bodies reap the benefits. Vesuvianite is a stone of courage, inviting us to change ourselves and to shake up our world. It dares us to become the best version of ourselves.
Mental: Vesuvianite heightens our analytical skills for self-exploration and understanding others. It helps us to stop and question negative thoughts and patterns and to focus instead on problem-solving and creating lasting joy and peace. In particular, Vesuvianite can help us to explore our basic response mechanisms to negative situations; “fight, flight, freeze, or fawn” and learn why we respond the way we do to situations and whether or not we need to change our responses. Anyone who needs to make a major life decision, whether about a relationship, career, or habit will strongly benefit from working with Vesuvianite. It is a highly creative stone as well, making it an excellent talisman for inventors and artists.
Physical: Vesuvianite is said to strengthen the physical body, either to heal it after sickness or injury, as well as to bring it into peak condition during training. Metaphysical healers most often use it to treat the legs and feet, as well as to restore or strengthen our sense of smell. It is also believed to help reduce varicose veins and promote young and healthy skin, as well as whiter teeth.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
***Vesuvianite has the same qualities as Idocrase, the only difference is whether the crystal is translucent or opaque.
Ethically Sourced Vesuvianite
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 Vesuvianite was artisanally-mined near Mysuru, Karnataka, 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 Vesuvianite 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.
Vesuvianite Tumbled Stone
Color: Green. 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. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Vesuvianite
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