Ruby Zoisite Sphere
Ruby zoisite is the natural combination of both ruby and zoisite crystals in a single specimen. It is also known as 'absolute', a name derived from the Masai word for 'green' (anyoli). Other name variations include "ruby-in-zoisite" and "Tanganyika artstone". Ruby-zoisite was discovered at the Longido mining district in northeast Tanzania by Tom Blevins, an English prospector. To this day, Tanzania remains the only source for ruby-zoisite. Blevins had initially thought that he had found vast ruby deposits in 1949, but it later turned out to be a green zoisite matrix with large inclusions of mostly opaque ruby. Ruby-zoisite is also heavily included with black hornblende minerals.
Ruby-zoisite is a gemstone which combines the properties of hornblende, ruby and zoisite. Rubies are symbolic of fire, while zoisite is an earthly crystal. Thus, ruby-in-zoisite is an ideal gemstone for balancing the fire and earth elements and energies. Ruby-zoisite is thought to enhance psychic ability and spirituality. It is sometimes used to help deal with issues related to patience and mood-swings. Physically, ruby-in-zoisite is thought to be helpful for healing bacterial infections. It is also used to help enhance fertility for both men and women. Ruby-zoisite is associated with the crown and heart chakras. It is also used as an astrological gemstone for both the signs of Aries and Aquarius.