Zoisite

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Mineralogy of Zoisite

Zoisite

Zoisite (with Ruby), Mundarara Mine, Tanzania

Mineral Family: Sorosilicates

Chemical Composition: Ca2Al3 (SiO4)3(OH)
Cleavage: Perfect
Color: Green, yellow-green, white/grey
Crystal System: Orthorhombic
Form/Habit: Prismatic
Fracture: Conchoidal to uneven, brittle
Gravity: 3.2-3.4
Hardness: 6-7
Luminescence: Orangey-yellow (long wave)
Luster: Vitreous
Streak: White
Transparency: Translucent to Opaque

Location: Zoisite is found in Australia, Germany, Japan, Namibia, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Tanzania, and the United States.zoisite-mine-locations

Mineral Family: Zoisite 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. Zoisite belongs to the sorosilicate family, in which two tetrahedral groups share a single oxygen molecule. It is closely related to Danburite, Dragonstone, Epidote and Vesuvianite.

Formation: Zoisite is formed by regional metamorphism and by the hydorthermal alteration of igneous rocks. It is sometimes found in Quartz veins and pegmites.

Mining: Zoisite is mined in its primary deposit, often found near Ruby and other gemstones. The most valuable type of Zoisite is the blue/purple gemstone Tanzanite, found only in Tanzania. The second most valuable is pink Thulite.

Kilimanjaro

View of Mount Kilimanjaro from the Zoisite Mines (Tanzanite), Mererni Hills, Northern Tanzania.

Enhancements: Most Zoisites are fully natural and have been enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing. Tanzanites are often heat-treated to bring out their color and to remove any brown spots and patches.

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Rough ZoisiteTanzanite Mine

History of Zoisite

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Sigmund Zois

Zoisite is a relatively “new” stone to the metaphysical community and so was not included in any ancient lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. While transparent Zoisite crystals may be shaped into gemstones for jewelry, Zoisite is most commonly known as an opaque green mineral that serves as a matrix for low-quality Rubies. For more information, please see: Ruby Zoisite.

Pure Zoisite was first identified in 1797, by Slovanian geologist, Sigmund Zois (1747-1819). He had purchased the mineral from a dealer and soon after realized it was a brand-new stone which had not been described before. Zois sent the specimen on to his colleague, Abraham Gottlob Werner (1749-1814), the so-called “Father of German Geology.” Werner wrote the first formal description of the new mineral, and named it after Zois.

Tanzanite

Tanzanite

The most valuable type of Zoisite is the blue/violet found exculsively in the Mererani Hills of northern Tanzania. It was discovered in 1967 and became a popular gemstone due to the marketing efforts of Tiffany and Co. who named the distinctive Blue Zoisite – Tanzanite. The original deposit remains the only know deposit, acutely limiting the available supply and keeping demand high. Today Tanzanite is mined in pits and tunnels deep underground, divided into four blocks, and containing hundreds of individual claims, each closely guarded and mined around the clock.

For a fascinating look into the Tanzanite mine, check out: “Tazanite Mines.”

Photos: Zois, Tanzanite

Healing Properties of Zoisite

Spiritual: Zoisite invites us to let our spirit fly free, and to cast off the chains from society that demand we confirm and follow the rules. Zoisite reminds us that we have a good mind and a good heart, and can walk our own unique path without harming anyone else. It encourages us to live in the moment and to truly see the beauty all around us. It is a stone for spiritual growth and healing, transforming negative vibrations into positive energy. Zoisite is also a very comforting stone to work with when faced with a terminal illness and while contemplating questions of death and immortality. Zoisite is attuned to the Root, Heart, Third Eye Chakras and linked to the astrological sign of Gemini. It is  connected to the element of Storm and vibrates to the number 4.

Emotional: Zoisite gives us emotional strength during times of high stress or illness. It soothes away fear, anger, and hopelessness, and reminds us that we have survived many such times before, and we will survive this one as well. Zoisite whispers to us that life is still sweet and far too precious to waste feeling sorry for ourselves. It helps us to stay positive and hopeful for the future, while staying in the moment and focused on whatever is most important.

Mental: Zoisite stimulates our sense of creativity, sense of purpose, and ability to follow through. This makes it an excellent talisman for artists who need to finish creative projects or for anyone starting an unusual business venture. It helps us to remember what we are doing, why we are doing it, and what step to take next! Zoisite shakes us out of our inertia when we feel stuck and inspires us to take action.

Physical: Zoisite is most often used by metaphysical healers to treat the reproductive and sexual organs, particularly the testicles and ovaries. It is believed to reduce inflammation and neutralize excessive acidity in the body. It is also said to be useful for treating the heart, spleen, pancreas, and lungs.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Earth to Pocket

Earth to Pocket is the Moonrise Crystal business mission. It’s the promise that any stones purchased here will be consciously sourced and the journey of the stone, from the Earth and into your Pocket, will be as transparent as possible.

This stone was mined in Tanzania and tumbled in South Africa.

I met the owner of the South African tumbling company at the 2014 Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona. This company only sells tumbled stones twice a year, once at the Tucson show and later at the Sainte Marie Aux Mines International Mineral and Gem Expo in Provence, France. They offer the largest selection of high quality tumbled stones in the industry and are one of my favorite suppliers.

It would be my pleasure to hand-select a beautiful Zoisite for you.

Your Stone

This price is for one stone. You can buy a single Zoisite or several, depending on your individual needs. Each Zoisite measures approximately 1 inch at its longest length and has a unique shape with soft edges. Tumbled stones are natural products and variations are part of their beauty.

The stone I choose for you will be rounded in shape and have dark green Zoisite with black spots and lines (no Rubies). If you buy multiple stones, I will choose stones that look and feel particularly good together. Stones will be cleansed and smudged with sage before being shipped to you.

With their subtle shimmer and clean energies, these Zoisite are perfect for crystal healing. Add them to a medicine bag, place them on an altar, fashion them into jewelry, or simply carry them in your pocket.

Safe Handling of Zoisite

Caution!!!

Zoisite contains Aluminum and so should NOT be used to make direct-infusion “Zoisite Water” for drinking or bathing. You can however, make a safe elixir using an indirect method – simply place the stone near, but not touching, the water.

Good To Know:

Zoisites are physically durable stones. As long as they are rounded and without thin edges, they can be carried in a pocket or medicine bag or worn as jewelry on an everyday basis, without significant danger of the stone chipping or breaking.

Zoisite can be physically cleansed with water or a dusting cloth.

Zoisite can be energetically cleansed using any method. They will appreciate being soaked in fresh water, set outside to absorb the moonlight, and/or being smudged with smoke or incense. Use your own intuition to determine the best method.

Zoisites can be left in sunshine for extended periods of time without losing their color. However, it is always considered a “best practice” to keep your stones and crystals out of direct sunlight as much as possible.

Reviews

  1. Chelsea L. (Wisconsin)

    It pairs well with the other crystals I carry in my medicine pouch. The vibrations are wonderful!

  2. Stella C. (North Carolina)

    Large, green and faultless! Excellent choice!

  3. Angelina B. (Minnesota)

    Thank you!!! Love it!!

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