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Historical Information

Vesuvianite (also known as Idocrase) is named for Mountain Vesuvius, Campania, Italy., where it was initially discovered.

The name Idocrase is from the Greek words "idos" and "krasis", meaning "mixed appearance" due to its varied crystal shapes.

Vesuvianite is the approved name, Idocrase is not. It is usually found in green but also can occur in purple, red, white, brown or yellow.

Vesuvianite is found in colors ranging from green to brown and also a blue variety called Cyprine. The complexities of its chemistry leads to the wide range of colors and properties. The green variety is similar in color to Peridot gems. Cyprine, the blue variety of Vesuvianite, is colored by the addition of copper to its chemistry and is also refered to as Cupreous Idocrase or Cupreous Vesuvianite.

There are many sources of Vesuvianite such as Asbestos, Quebec, Canada; California, Colorado and the New England region of USA; Mt. Vesuvius, Italy; Ural Mountains, Russia, Switzerland, Tanzania and Kenya. However, there are only a few sources of gem quality crystals. A small amount of gemmy material has come from Asbestos, Quebec, Canada. Recent finds in Tanzania and Kenya have brought some very nicely colored gems to the market. One source of material is from California, USA and has been nick-named Californiteor California Jade. This bright green opaque to translucent material comes from near Happy Jack mine, Siskiyou County and near Pulga Butte County, California.

Metaphysical Properties

Vesuvianite is very energetic stone aligns the will with the heart, bringing a wholeness and integrity that is quite healthy for the individual.

Vesuvianite encourages enthusiasm for life and imparts the courage to change. More benefits of this beautiful stone include: Releases negative attachments. Helps one find a true path in life refurbishes courage by releasing hidden fears. Aligns truth with daily life.

Vesuvianite brings us closer to the higher realms and provides an easier link to our sense of higher self.  It facilitates the seeing and the understanding of things on this earth that have no substance.

Psychologically, Vesuvianite releases feelings of imprisonment and restraint, dissolves anger and alleviates fear and negativity. Vesuvianite helps to create a sense of inner security, opens the mind and stimulates inventiveness and the urge to discover, linking into creativity. Vesuvianite banishes depression and clears negative thought patterns so that the mind can function more clearly.

Some lore say Vesuvianite can drives away fear and melancholy. Other, they can help creative and intuitive aid, helps fight depression, fear, and negativity. Vesuvianite can works with the corresponding color chakra to the color of the stone.

Healing Properties

Physically, Vesuvianite strengthens the tooth enamel and restores the sense of smell. It also assists in assimilating nutrients from food.

Vesuvianite is mineral-rich in calcium, magnesium and iron. So its minerals make it ideal for cleansing and purifying the body after a lengthy illness.

Vesuvianite rough and facet stone