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Kyanite is an amazing gemstone with amazing arrays of blues from silvery blue tones to deep indigo blue, making this a very attractive stone and sometimes worn as an alternative to more expensive precious gemstone of Sapphire. It is a stone which immediately makes you feel calm and at ease!
Blue gemstones are often said to be the most sought after and popular colour for jewellery and as Kyanite is much more affordable than sapphire or aquamarine you can achieve the look for a fraction of the price.
The name Kyanite is comes from the Greek word Kyanos meaning blue, and it is an opaque stone composed of pink orthoclase feldspar, green epidote, and quartz.
Kyanite has a polymorphic structure, meaning that it has two separate hardness’s within one gem and like Diamonds, Kyanite has perfect cleavage in one direction, this combined with its varying hardness makes Kyanite quite a challenging gem to cut.
This unusual semi-precious gemstone can be found in a wide variety of locations around the world, the best quality Kyanite can be found in the Kali Gandaki Region of West Central Nepal and Tibet. But deposits can also be found in Brazil, Kenya and the European Alps as well as parts of the USA.
For those that believe in physical or healing properties of stones, Kyanite is said to be a cleansing stone, to induce tranquillity and calm, so physically and mentally balancing stone. It is said enhance communication and psychic awareness and those that believe in mystical properties of gemstones, suggest Kyanite should be worn close to the throat promote the ability to speak more easily and express oneself more clearly.
For more physical health related concerns, Kyanite is almost the ear, nose and throat department of gemstone world, for those people who used Kyanite in healing, it is used to treat hearing disorders, eye ailments as well as issues with the sense of smell.
I am not personally guaranteeing these properties of Kyanite, I just adore the stone and I am not the only one, on Folksy I was spoilt for choice with a variety of Kyanite items to chose from to feature, both is it polished and facetted variety and in its beautiful natural state!
Thank you to Natalie of NOFkantsCurios for this post - the second in her series on minerals as my guest blogger!