RARE GEMSTONE GREEN KYANITE FOR NEW BEGINNINGS
As 2020 draws to a close, it’s a time for deep reflection.
This year has brought vast changes that no one could possibly have anticipated.
In the whirlwind of a pandemic virus and global weather crises, just to name two challenges, we naturally seek comfort in Nature.
Even city-dwellers find themselves seeking out the good vibes of a green space.
Wearing Green Kyanite supports you when you’re seeking relief from the news and the news, and simply want the refreshment of cool breezes, green leaves and clear sunlight.
Never heard of Kyanite?
It’s OK, you’re not alone!
Kyanite forms blades of crystalline structure, and sometimes creates amazing clusters or masses of crystals.
This stone occurs in many colors, with greens being the most rare and sought-after.
But the reason you haven’t seen this gorgeous gemstone around much is that it’s got what’s called “variable hardness.”
The mineral was once called “disthene” which means “two strengths.”
This means that one axis (the long, vertical axis) of the crystal formation is considered soft on the Mohs scale, falling between 4.5 to 5. But the crystal’s other (horizontal) axis is much harder, registering at 6.5 to 7.
This unusual combination makes Kyanite a very difficult gem to cut properly, and requires tremendous technical skill to reveal the perfect facet.
More often, if you do encounter Kyanite, it will be cut en cabochon, meaning a smooth, domed shape.
As a result, very few gem-quality faceted Kyanites ever come to market.
Cabochon (smooth, domed cut) is easier with this gem, and thus more common. Very occasionally, Kyanite forms a cat’s-eye (chatoyant), making for a very intriguing stone.
Ever heard of Andalusite?
Andalusite is a “sister stone” to Kyanite, although you may not have heard of it, either see our blog on Andalusite.
Both Kyanite and Andalusite share chemical composition, but they form under differing degrees of pressure.
Kyanite is called a high-pressure polymorph, and it usually forms while sedimentary rocks and clay minerals undergo metamorphic change in the earth’s crust.
Kyanite can withstand high temperatures, and is used in a wide variety of industrial applications—kiln linings for high-temperature furnaces, spark plugs, car brakes and clutches, and porcelain fixtures of many kinds – even dentures!
But apart from its versatility as an industrial material, Kyanite is gorgeous.
Most gemstone-quality Kyanite is blue, but the mineral also occurs in clear, colorless form as well as black, purple, and the delightful mint leaf green in our current collection.
Kyanite often is pleochroic, meaning that it displays a few colors at one time, depending upon the lighting and the angle of viewing.
A New York State of Mind
Kyanite is often found in Manhattan schist, which is literally the huge formations of mica bedrock underlying New York City.
It is estimated that these formations took shape during the creation of Pangaea. This supercontinent formed approximately 335 million years ago, during the late Paleozoic and early Mesozoic eras.
Kyanite is also found in North Carolina, Connecticut and Maine, as well as Cambodia, Brazil, Nepal, Myanmar, Switzerland, Russia, and Kenya.
Kyanite discovered in Nepal in 1995 are of exceptional color and transparency.
The Metaphysical Side of Green Kyanite
Metaphysical practitioners assign many qualities to this gemstone.
The green form of this rare stone is linked to the Heart Chakra. From an energetic point of view, the alleged “high energy” vibrations of this stone make it useful for creating energetic pathways and bridges. This extends as far as some practitioners believing that Green Kyanite awakens their psychic and telepathic powers.
Because the nature of this gemstone is one of connecting, some practitioners value it as a healing gem after a “break” – a romantic breakup, a divorce, a dissolution of a business partnership, the loss of a life, and even on a more literal level, the healing process of a broken bone, or the aftermath of a surgery.
The belief is that Green Kyanite repairs and re-energize that which has been ruptured, both in terms of the physical body and the energetic field, just as grasses and plants will gradually return to the site of a forest fire and begin life anew.
This gemstone is literally a natural for anyone who loves gardens, botany, plants and trees.
It’s also a soothing yet energizing presence when we’re seeking an oasis of refreshment and renewal within ourselves.
Even if no one you know has the proverbial “green thumb”, Green Kyanite is a great choice as a gift for the new year, whether the calendar-year or a personal birthday.
Although Green Kyanite is not typically listed in the table of traditional birthstones, many gem-lovers today associate this stone with the Springtime sign of Taurus (April 19 – May 20), particularly because Taurus is associated with the element of Earth.
One thing’s for sure: the story of this rarest of green gems is just beginning. We’ve been lucky enough to locate a few choice specimens, so call us for a free consultation about beautiful Green Kyanite.