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His name is derived from kynos, the Greek word for blue. Because of its dark blue color, the ancient Greeks said that cyanite was a protective stone for sailors. It is a fine stone that is rarely found in jewellery because of the difficulties it presents for its size. It is also for this reason that it is found only in cabochon and that there are no specimens of more than 3 carats.
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Silvery white, pale blue to intense blue, green, black
It is found in France in Baud (Morbihan), Cors (Cantal), the Levant (Var), Switzerland (beautiful crystals in the Gotthard), Austria, Burma, Brazil, the United States ( North Carolina), Kenya, Nepal, Kashmir, Zimbabwe ...
Kyanite is considered beneficial for communication and for the throat, and ideal to wear around the neck. It is said to promote the ability to speak easily, to express oneself and to learn new languages - so it is a good stone to carry if you need to make a presentation or give a speech! Furthermore, kyanite is said to enhance creativity and lead to new thoughts. The crystal is often recommended for singers, musicians and writers.
Kyanite is best known as a cornflower blue crystal resembling a sapphire. It is most often blue, but may also be white, and sometimes green or even black. The colour does not need to be consistent and can range from transparent to translucent. Kyanite can be distinguished by its beautiful, linear striations that when viewed from the side resemble pages of a book.
In ancient times, it was believed that a cyanite suspended at the end of a wire could act like a compass and react to the Earth's magnetic field.
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