Ruby in Zoisite (Anyolite)

Ruby in Zoisite
Superb Hexagonal Ruby Crystal. Credit: JohnBetts-FineMinerals

Superb hexagonal ruby crystal, the red-pink gem variety of the mineral species corundum, in green zoisite matrix. The ruby crystal has exceptionally rich color and runs completely through the matrix. Longido, Arusha, Tanzania

Ruby in Zoisite, also known as Anyolite, is a unique gemstone that combines the vibrant red color of ruby with the green hues of zoisite. This combination results in a striking contrast of colors, with the deep red of the ruby set against the earthy green of the zoisite.

The stone is found primarily in Tanzania and is composed of a mix of minerals including ruby (corundum), zoisite, and often black hornblende. It was first discovered in the Longido mining district of Tanzania in 1949.

Ruby in Zoisite is a powerful combination of two minerals that work together to align the root, heart, and third eye chakras. This alignment helps to manifest ideas and provide the strength and assistance to achieve dreams. It also helps to release negativity and gain a deeper understanding of oneself and one's connection to the outside world.

In terms of physical properties, Ruby in Zoisite has a hardness of 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale, making it moderately hard and suitable for most types of jewelry. It has a specific gravity of 3.35 and a refractive index of 1.691 to 1.700. The stone exhibits perfect cleavage, so gemstones and jewelry should be protected from hard knocks or blows that can cause stones to split and fracture.

Overall, Ruby in Zoisite is a unique and powerful gemstone that combines the properties of both ruby and zoisite to create a stone that is both beautiful and spiritually beneficial.

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