There are various things in life which make them set apart from others due to various precious features in it. Likewise, in gems and jewelry world a simple mineral stone which contain the properties of a gemstone, is far away from a simple mineral stone. Likewise, Zoisite, comes in the gemstone category thus has remained pretty popular with jewelry crafters. One of its incredible forms zoisite contains shades of green with the inclusion of ruby in it which helps in keeping it apart from other gemstones.
Zoisite beads when used in jewelry item have a different price tag which depends on the size and shades. Zoisite belongs to epodite family of stones and contains some properties of aluminum and calcium. You may perhaps aware that in epidote group, the mineral in it contains double and single tetrahedrons, which are three dimensional having four faces. If you surf around you will come across different zoisite beads containing purple and green along with ruby variety of this gemstone. All this type of gemstones is mined in Tanzania.
In this category of gemstone, you will find another gemstone which is often confused. For example, you will find almost similar features of Ruby in Zoisite and Ruby Fuchsite, and these are sometime traded inadvertently through their names in various jewelry houses. The confusion in two gemstones occurs due to the inclusion of same shade i.e. green, both of these gemstones show sparkle effect and both of them belong to silicate class. Both of these gemstones have almost the same chemical equation of Aluminum Silicate Hydroxide. But one small difference may set it apart from its counterpart. For example, if you look closely into zoisite gemstone, you will find ruby contained in zoisite contain darker shade and has a bit more brilliant green infusion, black horneblende inclusion in it while its counterpart don’t show this difference.
Historical records indicate that Baron Sigmund Zois von Edelstien (1747-1819) discovered this gemstone from Saulpe Mountains located in Central Alps. It was Baron who introduced zoisite gemstone to European mineralogists and it was then named as Sauaplite. But in 1905 this gemstone attained the name from its discoverer Baron.
When embedded in gems and jewelry you will notice shades of zoisite beads in shades like brown, white, gray, pale green, greenish gray, greenish brown and pink. One of its other varieties which have been in use in different necklaces, earrings, pendants and rings include hue of blue and violet color which belongs to Tanzania.