Idocrase is a very rare gemstone that’s green and sometimes yellow or pale blue in colour. This gemstone is part of a silicate group called calcium-aluminium-silicates. Idocrase is the name it’s called when it’s a polished gemstone wh...
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Idocrase is a very rare gemstone that’s green and sometimes yellow or pale blue in colour. This gemstone is part of a silicate group called calcium-aluminium-silicates. Idocrase is the name it’s called when it’s a polished gemstone while Vesuvianite is the name it has when it’s rough.
Physical Energy Properties: A great stone for teeth as it restores the enamel on the tooth. It’s also good for restoring a sense of smell. Very good for diverticulitis and digestive issues and helps the absorption of nutrients and minerals. Helps skin issues like eczema or acne.
Emotional Energy Properties: Idocrase is great for empathy, either to enhance it or dial it down for those who are highly sensitive. It’s said to provide strength and courage and to help ease depression or get to the root cause of our feelings. Clears the mind of negative thought patterns and opens us up to seeing things clearly.
Chakras: Connected with the Heart chakra.
Astrological signs: Associated with Capricorn and Sagittarius.
History: The name vesuvianite which is the stone’s other popular name came from where it was first discovered at Mount Vesuvius. The name Idocrase comes from the Greek words eidos and krausis which mean form and mixture since the crystal often includes other minerals. Idocrase was first found in 1795 by geologist Abraham Gottlob Werner who was also the first to find chrysoberyl. He was also the mentor of Friedrich Mohs, who created the Mohs scale of hardness which is still used today to rate the hardness of gemstones.
Where it's found: Found in Italy and the United States.
Variations, Rarity and Value: Idocrase is a very popular stone among collectors. It’s often mistaken for Jade because of how similar it can look to this stone. It is a combination of metals, oxygen, hydrogen and fluoride, which is called a calcium aluminum silicate. It rates a 6.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness and they form in a tetragonal structure. It’s quite rare though and can be hard to find perfect pieces.
How to use it: Use Idocrase when you are feeling overwhelmed and need to rebuild your strength and courage. Wear it or hold it close to your heart to balance emotions.