A Writers Guide to Vesuvianite



Vesuvianite, also known as idocrase, is a silicate mineral. Though it’s typically green, it may also be yellow, brown, blue, or purple.

Vesuvianite gets its name from the location it was originally discovered — on Mount Vesuvius.

History and Lore

  • Ancient Greeks and Romans considered vesuvianite a protective stone, which is ironic since Mt. Vesuvius wiped out a few major cities.

Magical and Mystical Properties include

  • restoring the sense of smell
  • aiding in the absorbtion of nutrients from food
  • relieving chronic illness caused by pollution
  • driving away fear and melancholy

Discharging & Recharging

To recharge vesuvianite, run under warm water once a month. To recharge, place it among clear quartz crystals for a few hours. (In stone therapy, when using stones to heal, their energy is used up, requiring the stones to be recharged.)

This is a reference for fiction writers and should not be taken as medical or spiritual advice.gemstone index

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  1. Unusual colour. I wondered what you were going to come up with.

  2. I never knew so many minerals and stones as you have been showing. This one I guess I don't need is if didn't help those folks in Pompeii.

    Hope you join us in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge Reflections Mega Post on Monday May 2nd.

  3. Thank you for visiting me as I might not have discovered your fascinating blog otherwise. I love crystals and am going to make myself a cup of tea and read through the lot. 🙂

  4. That is ironic! I wonder if the people of Pompeii were happy that their sense of smell was intact, at least…?

  5. Driving away fear? Need one of those in every household.

  6. ooh it's really pretty! And i think every writer could use some help in the “driving away fear and melancholy field”

  7. I have come very late here to your A-Z writing focus. What a wonderful, informative series. I have a real fascination for all the diverse, and beautiful rocks and minerals. Well done!

  8. Wow, I've never seen or heard of this one before. Very nice. Though kind of a let down in the protective properties department. 🙁

  9. I've not heard about this one! Alex's comments made me snort.

  10. This is another “new” 1 for me! I wonder why it didn't work to protect Pompeii?

  11. That's a cool color. How funny that is considered a protective stone given the volcano it's named after!

  12. I know you said this information is just for writing purposes, but I can't help wondering whether the properties we ascribe to stones are genuine.

  13. I love learning about unusual stones! Have quite a collection… left over from my boys when they were young. 🙂

    I really like your 'theme' or direction you've gone with the A-Z challenge. Everyone has been so creative with this!!

    I'm following and off to read more. Have a Great day, Holly!!
    Coreen XO

  14. Hi Holly .. Alex and Talli – well the colour is that sort isn't it!!

    Certainly anyone in the vicinity of Vesuvius .. wouldn't want this mineral around .. with those traits ..

    Glad you found your V .. cheers Hilary

  15. Now, this is one I have never heard of…. an avocado green crystal. Cool.

  16. maybe we should all keep this gem on our desks. all this city pollution can get to our heads!

  17. Hi Holly .. glad you restored Talli's comment .. strange they moved it into your spam – after they'd originally published it?

    I saw it here and commented .. very odd ..

    Hope it all gets sorted out for Talli .. Hilary

  18. Niki, all the stones this week are new to me (and some I found only by chance).

    Arlee, count me in on the Reflections I was planning a post-post anyway. 😉

    Paul, I’m still checking out new people and catching up with all my regulars this week too.

    Why Alex, you are so eloquent.

    J.L. me too. Maybe we should all get together for a post group experiment.

    I thought everyone would get a kick out of this stones ironic nature.

  19. Hilary – I know right? Thanks for telling me you saw it too. I knew I did, but I was doubting myself.

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