Jade VS Idocrase/ Vesuvianite? | JEWEL CAFÉ Malaysia

Date Updated: May 23, 2023

Jade VS Idocrase/ Vesuvianite? | JEWEL CAFÉ Malaysia


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Idocrase is the jewel name of Vesuvianite, which is usually green like matcha. It belongs to silicate mineral and is a very popular energy stone.

Vesuvianite’s gem name is Idocrase, and it is generally green, like matcha. It is a silicate mineral and a well-known energy stone. Idocrase will have different hues depending on the composition of inclusions, but the mined versions are incredibly uncommon, making it an ore that collectors adore. The following will explain in full the origin, value, appearance attributes, and meaning of this ore’s energy stone.

Properties of Gems

Name Idocrase/Vesuvianite/Vesuvienne
Japanese Name ベスブ石(besubu)/td>
Color Green, Yellow, Blue, Brown, Red, Purple, White
Family (species, varieties) 含錳符山石/Mangan vesuvianite、墨綠符山石/Wiluite、含氟符山石/Fluor vesuvianite
Moh’s Hardness 6-7
Polish Lustre Glass Luster, Resin Luster, Grease Luster
Chemical Composition Ca19(Fe,Mn)(Al,Mg,Fe)8Al4
Crystallography Tetragonal crystal system

Meaning of Gemstone

Love and truth


Two people are closely linked by true love

Country & Place of Origin

• Norway : Telemark
• France : Hautes-Pyrenees, Corsica/ Corse
• Canada : Quebec
• United States : California
• Japan : Hokkaido, Ibaraki, Saitama, Kanagawa, Nagano, Gifu, Oita, Miyazaki
• Brazil : The whole territory
• Mexico : The whole territory
• Sri Lanka : The whole territory
• Switzerland : The whole territory
• Russia : The whole territory
• Kenya : The whole territory
• Italy : The whole territory
• India : The whole territory
• Madagascar : The whole territory
• Australia : The whole territory
• South Africa : The whole territory

Features and characteristics

Idocrase is the gem name for the mineral Vesuvianite. Idocrase is a silicate mineral that comes in a range of hues based on its composition. Garnet is the characteristic mineral of Idocrase symbiosis, and the two are frequently found together. The mined Idocrase has a short columnar, granular, or enormous appearance. When Idocrase is enormous, it is difficult to tell the difference between Idrocrase and garnet just on appearance. Idocrase is also manufactured in Japan. Kanagawa Prefecture has recognized idocrase, cordierite, and marble as natural monuments.

Origin of the name

Idocrase was found in 1975 in the Vesuvius volcano (English: Vesuvius, Italian: Vesuvio) in Italy, hence its formal name is vesuvianite. Idocrase’s English name is derived from the Greek words for “appearance” (eidos) and “mixed” (krasis). This is because Idocrase is frequently confused with other stones such as zircon and peridot.

Various aliases of Fushan stone

Although there are numerous varieties of Idocrase, these variants are rarely never seen on the market, hence it is commonly referred to as the most renowned Idocrase.


The Idocrase is also adorned with two bogus names, “California jade” and “Californite” (※1). This is due to the fact that California is the primary producer of Idocrase. Idocrase is distinguished by its delicate green exterior and silky nephrite touch.

Idocrase was formerly used as a replacement for jade.


Xanthite is an Idocrase with a yellow to yellow-green hue.


In a few circumstances, idocrase includes copper. This kind of Idocrase, which has a blue tinge due to the copper content, is also known as Cyprine. The greatest quality is seen in those with a blue tint similar to the ocean. The majority of Cyprine is produced in Telemark, Norway, however gem-grade Cyprine is exceedingly uncommon.

Idocrase & Viluite

Viluite is made in Russia’s Siberia, in the Vlyuyi River Basin. It was formerly thought to be a variety of Idocrase, but because Viluite is high in boron, the two minerals are now thought to be distinct.

Precautions for preservation

Idocrase is a fragile mineral. Although it may be cleaned immediately with running water, an ultrasonic cleaning machine should be avoided. Please use a soft towel to rapidly dry the surface water after cleaning. Furthermore, please avoid exposing Idocrase to direct sunshine (ultraviolet rays) for an extended period of time to avoid fading. Idocrase should be stored in a cool, dry area away from direct sunlight.


Idocrase is a well-known energy stone. The majority of Idocrase on the market is dark green (matcha color) and opaque to transparent. Because Idocrase is largely opaque, it is frequently sliced into spherical beads using egg noodle cutting.

More valuable Idocrase

Idocrase is colorless and translucent, with no surface scratches, few inclusions, and high transparency, similar to Xanthine, Cyprine, Mangan vesuvianite, and rich in chromium to display the exquisite emerald green Idocrase, and so on. Because of its scarcity, it may be exchanged at high prices. However, because these forms of Idocrase are usually mined for gem collectors, they seldom circulate on the market.

As a Energy Stone

Healing, calming mind, lively and vigorous, truthfulness, etiquette, promise, cleanliness, standardization, and stability

Idocrase is an energy stone that may erase bad emotions and relax the mind. It has a significant therapeutic effect. It is often assumed that Idocrase is a vivacious, energy-filled mineral. It can assist the holder in making the right decision and moving forward actively. ※1 “false name”: refers to the employment of diamonds with a similar look and higher value as another name in order to fool buyers. However, it is frequently used as a general phrase to denote that it is akin to high-priced gemstones. (Herkimer Crystal = Shining Diamond, for example.) ※2 “Egg noodle cutting” is a method of polishing gemstones into hemispherical shapes. It is mostly used to accentuate the cat’s eye effect and other more subtle effects on opaque gemstones.


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