Iolite, also known as "water sapphire" or "Vikings' Compass," is a gemstone that belongs to the cordierite mineral family. The name "iolite" is derived from the Greek word "ios," meaning violet. It is found in various locations around the world, with significant deposits in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Tanzania, Brazil, and the United States.
The most prized color for iolite is a rich violet-blue, often likened to the color of blue sapphires. However, iolite can exhibit a range of colors from blue, violet-blue, and bluish-purple to yellowish-brown, depending on the angle from which it is viewed. Iolite is typically transparent to translucent, allowing light to pass through and revealing its internal characteristics. One of the most notable features of iolite is its strong pleochroism. Pleochroic gemstones display different colors when viewed from different angles. In the case of iolite, it may appear blue, violet, or yellowish-brown depending on the angle of observation.
Iolite is often faceted to enhance its brilliance and showcase its pleochroic properties. Common cuts include rounds, ovals, emeralds, and cushions. Iolite can range from transparent to slightly included. Eye-clean specimens are highly valued. The luster of iolite is typically vitreous, giving it a polished and attractive appearance when well-cut.
Iolite is associated with various metaphysical and energetic properties, and it has been used for spiritual purposes. Some common beliefs include: Iolite is often linked to enhancing inner vision, intuition, and spiritual awareness. It is thought to assist individuals in gaining insights into their own subconscious and connecting with their higher selves.
Due to its historical association with Vikings, iolite is sometimes called the "Vikings' Compass" as it is believed to have been used by Viking explorers as a navigational aid. Symbolically, it is associated with providing guidance and direction. Some users believe that iolite stimulates creativity, imagination, and artistic expression. Iolite is thought to aid in spiritual growth, facilitating a deeper understanding of one's spiritual path and purpose.
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