Kyanite gets its name from the Greek word "kyanos" meaning blue. The most popular color of kyanite is a vibrant blue, similar to a sapphire's regal shade, but the gem also comes in colorless, white, gray, green and yellow.
Kyanite has been mined around the world since the 19th century. At one time, French jewelers mistakenly used the name "sappare" to describe kyanite and this name is still occasionally used today.
In ancient times, travelers took kyanite along with them when exploring unknown regions. It was believed that a piece of kyanite suspended from a human hair could follow the earth's magnetic force, acting like a compass needle, to help guide them on their journeys.
Some believe kyanite is a calming stone, helping to quiet the mind and dissolve feelings of anger and frustration.
KYANITE: This affordable gemstone has many different looks. Kyanite can be faceted to reveal a brilliant luster, similar to that of a blue sapphire, or it can be shaped into beads where natural tonal variations lend a rich, earthy appeal. More about colored gemstones.
Gem quality kyanite is found in Brazil, India, Kenya, Myanmar, Switzerland, Australia, Russia and the United States.
Kyanite's hardness depends on how the stone is cut (ranging from a 4-7 on the Mohs scale). Kyanite gemstones are best suited for earrings and kyanite necklaces, where they will be more protected from bangs and scratches. Clean your kyanite jewelry with warm, soapy water and store it in box when not in use.