Kyanite History

Named in 1789 by Abratê mê Werner, kyanite draws its identity from the Greek term cyanos (or "blue")--which this beautiful gemstone certainly is! Kyanite is one of the most attractive sầu blue minerals in nature, sometimes exhibiting intense shades of blue, or even multiple shades with color zoning in a single crystal. The French spelling "cyanite" was common until the mid-20th century.This andalusite relative--in its non-gemstone form--is used in ceramics, electronics, electrical insulators & abrasives. It forms under very specific metamorphic conditions, making it an "index mineral"--a material which helps geologists estimate the depth, temperature and pressure of its surrounding matrix.

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Kyanite Metaphysical Properties

Kyanite is strongly believed to facilitate meditation; some practitioners consider its meditative sầu power khổng lồ be one of its two defining features. The second is that they believe kyanite never needs to lớn be cleansed of negative sầu energies--because it cannot accumulate or retain them!

This gemstone is thought to align with all chakras automatically, lượt thích wi-fi that"s perpetually on. Its abilities are also believed to lớn include stimulating communication, growing awareness of others, perseverance against challenges, promoting balance of female và male energies and much more!

Specific colors are said lớn have sầu specialized abilities:Black: grounds the body by aligning all chakras simultaneouslyBlue: strengthens the voice, soothes the throat, useful for speakers & vocal performersGreen: connects the heart khổng lồ the third eye chakra to promote insight, increases connection lớn the natural worldOrange: bolsters creativity, improves visualization và cleanses the auraKyanite is affiliated with the zodiac signs Aries, Taurus và Libra and all chakras.

Kyanite Geological Properties

This attractive xanh mineral often appears as large, well-formed bladed crystals, making it a popular material for gemological collectors and jewelry makers alượt thích. Kyanite has an almost fibrous appearance, especially as stones are often left rough lớn prevent stone loss during polishing. This internal structure can encourage chatoyancy (the cat"s eye effect), yet it prevents most asterism from forming in kyanite, even when cut inkhổng lồ smooth cabochon forms. Kyanite rarely exhibits a single shade of color; color often shows as areas, zones or blotches for a dramatic appearance.

Kyanite is strongly anisotropic--it has a dual Mohs hardness depending on the angle the pressure comes from. In fact, it is the most commonly known anisotropic mineral! Its vertical hardness ranges from 4.5 khổng lồ 5.5; its horizontal hardness ranges from 6 to 7. Kyanite is found around the world, with major deposits found in Switzerland, Brazil, Russia, Kenya, Nepal, Tanzania & in the eastern United States. So-called "ruby in kyanite" (or "ruby in apatite") is a trade name for a blended stone material which may or may not contain kyanite (or apatite), depending on the stone matrix. This soft material is stabilized using a colorless resin.

Mineral Information Aluminum silicate
Chemical Composition Al2SiO5
màu sắc Most frequently light lớn dark indigo blue; far less common hues include yellow, trắng, grey, green, blaông chồng or orange.
Hardness 4-một nửa khổng lồ 7 (Mohs)
Specific Gravity 3.5 - 3.7
Refractive sầu Index 1.71 - 1.73

Proper Care of Kyanite

Kyanite is durable, but complicated. Rethành viên those anisotropic properties? They can make kyanite a brittle stone, prone to splitting along its "grain." Don"t ever put kyanite in steamers or ultrasonic cleaners, and avoid bleach and other household chemicals. Kyanite"s subtle luster is sometimes enhanced by oils, which can affect gemstone care requirements. Clean the stone with a damp, soft cloth và pat dry. Store in a cloth bag.

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To learn more about kyanite và other gemstones, order your copy of Walter Schumann"s revised & expanded edition of Gemstones of the World.

Designing with Kyanite

Kyanite"s variable xanh coloring & fibrous appearance make it an eye-catching stone for jewelry kiến thiết. Jewelry makers can accent the range of blues by pairing it with sapphire, xanh lace agate, xanh fossil beads or various shapes và shades of Austrian crystal. The cool blues of the stone work well with gold, show beautifully with silver & contrast stunningly with copper và rose gold. Complementary hues of orange--such as carnelian, sunstone or coral--offer a dynamic alternative. See the color wheel for additional tips.

Kyanite"s anisotropic properties can make it a fragile stone. It is best used as earrings or pendants, where it will be less likely to lớn be scratched or subject to impacts. When strung next to lớn other gemstones, knotting is recommended lớn protect this stone from shearing or cleaving.

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**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service và not meant lớn treat medical conditions. Fire Mountain Gems & Beads® does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.

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