Once known by some within the jewellery industry as the ‘poor man’s sapphire,’ this beautiful stone is anything but. Also known as disthene, kyanite takes its name from the Greek ‘kyanos’ meaning blue.
“Best cut as cabochons to make stunning centrepieces for all types of jewellery designs.”
Kyanite is sourced from a number of locations around the world including Brazil and the USA, although we’re particularly partial to Himalayan Kyanite which is found in Tibet and Nepal. Here in the foothills of the beautiful Himalayan mountain range, some of the deepest blue stones are uncovered. Rarely weighing over 3ct, like little blackcurrants they lie waiting to be discovered.
As is typical with kyanite, they are usually zoned meaning their colour is not uniform. In order to exhibit their natural qualities and take into account the perfect cleavage of the stones, they are best cut as cabochons to make stunning centrepieces for all types of jewellery designs.
And if you’re not lucky enough to own a piece of kyanite jewellery yet, if you drive, you might in fact own a piece of non-gem quality kyanite, which is used in the production of spark plugs.