Zoisite, also known as Saualpite is the name given to a group of Calcium Aluminum Silicate minerals. It crystallizes in the form of masses although it can form in small prismatic crystals. This mineral was formerly a part of the Epidote family, however in 2006 it was determined that it is actually its own group of minerals. Zoisites can mainly be found in a green and black striped or spotted pattern, yet they have also been found in yellow, grey, pink, brown and colorless. The purple variety that was recently discovered in Tanzania is known as Tanzanite and is a variety of Zoisite! Zoisite is almost always found alongside other minerals most commonly with Ruby or Pargasite.
Zoisite was originally known through history as Saualpite due to its discovery in Saualpite (Carinthia, Austria). It wasn't until 1805 that A.G. Warner officially recorded and reclassified this subset of minerals to be known as a Zoisite. This naming was in honor of Sigmund Zois Freiherr von Edelstein who was responsible for multiple Austrian mineral expeditions.
Zoisite’s energy produces growth and fertility in all aspects of life. It helps us “rebirth” and have a better understanding of ourselves and our connection to the outside world. For many people who are not spiritual and recently “awakened” their spirituality, this stone will help you along your journey of rediscovery. Our heart system needs to be held up with a strong foundation and a solid inner working. Zoisite helps expand our heart chakra and allows rejuvenation to flow freely through our body. This ebb and flow helps us produce the inner balance that is necessary for our hearts to function within this physical world.
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