Vesuvianite Meaning and Properties

Vesuvianite History

Vesuvianite gets its name from Mt. Vesuvius in Italy where the gemstone was originally described by German gemologist Abraham Gottlob Werner in 1795. This gemstone was originally known as idocrase, a still somewhat common name amongst those using vesuvianite for metaphysical benefits. This term came from the Greek words "mixed form." While originally found in Italy, other vesuvianite gemstones have been found in Quebec and the United States.

Vesuvianite Metaphysical Properties

Vesuvianite is believed to be connected to the heart chakra. This stone has been used to help release pent up anger in a gentle way that helps an individual find balance in their emotions. According to metaphysical beliefs, vesuvianite helps not only level out emotions, but can help us think level-headed by clearing negative or repetitive thoughts. Vesuvianite has been used as a gift to newlyweds due to its connotations as a cooperative stone that facilitates awareness of one's heart and an ability to express love. Though vesuvianite is not an actual birthstone, the gem is associated with the zodiac signs of Sagittarius and Capricorn.

Vesuvianite Geological Properties

Not all vesuvianite is created equal. Some formations are rather dull, while others create the desired mineral with a high luster and brilliant color. Vesuvianite tends to form in brown, green or yellow shades, though pink, purple, orange, maroon, red and blue varieties have also been found. Multicolored vesuvianite is incredibly rare, some of which has been found in Asbestos, Quebec. Most commonly, vesuvianite forms in metamorphic rocks such as limestone and serpentine. Types of vesuvianite include Californite (sometimes used a jade substitute), chrome vesuvianite, cyprine, mangan-vesuvianite, wiluite and xanthite.

Mineral Information Beryllium aluminum silicate
Chemical Composition Ca10Mg2Al4(SiO4)5(Si2O7)2(OH)4
Color Brown, green, yellow
Hardness 6-1/2 (Mohs)
Specific Gravity 3.3 - 3.5
Refractive Index 1.700 to 1.723

Proper Care of Vesuvianite

Though vesuvianite isn't the hardest of stones, it lacks cleavage, which makes it a bit more durable. The best method for cleaning vesuvianite is to use warm water and mild soap. A soft bristle brush or cloth can be used to remove body oils and other grim from the surface. Avoid using ultrasonic cleaners or steamers as well as harsh chemicals. Exposure to rapid temperature changes or extended direct heat can create unwanted color changes in vesuvianite. Apply makeup and perfumes before putting on vesuvianite jewelry.

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Designing with Vesuvianite

The soft green, brown and yellow hues of vesuvianite make it an ideal stone for autumn jewelry, emulating the changing of seasons and colors. Vesuvianite is an understated stone that does not scream for attention, making it a perfect accent stone to other similarly colored stones such as peridot. Vesuvianite works well for unisex jewelry since the hue is not viewed as overly feminine or masculine. Combine with darker shades of stones in brown or black hues to play up this versatility.

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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 and not meant to treat medical conditions. Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.

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