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Nature of Material: iolite (EYE-oh-lite) is a mineral species (called cordierite by mineralo¬gists); orthorhombic crystal system; chemical composition Mg2Al4Si5O18

Appearance: transparent to translucent light to dark blue and violet (may occur in colorless, yellowish white, green, gray, or brown, but these are seldom used for gem purposes)

Phenomena: rare; asterism, aventurescence, chatoyancy
Variety and Trade Names
Dichroite - another name for iolite, referring to its strong Pleochroism
Bloodshot iolite - adventuress iolite containing red plate-like hematite inclusions

water sapphire - refers to the contrast between the stone's face-up blue or violet color and its colorless appearance through the side, due to strong Pleochroism
Typical Size Range: 1 to 10 ct
Typical Cutting Styles: faceted, cabochons
Optic Character: DR, biaxial negative
Refractive Index: 1.542-1.551 (+.045, -.O11)
Birefringence: .008 to .012
Dispersion: .017
Pleochroism: violet - strong, light violet, dark violet, and yellow brown blue - strong, colorless to yellow, blue gray and dark violet
Specific Gravity: 2.61 (±.05)
Luster: vitreous
Fracture: uneven to conchoidal
Luster: vitreous
Cleavage: distinct in one direction

Identifying Characteristics
eye-visible Pleochroism, color zoning
Hardness: 7 to 7½
Toughness: fair

Availability: limited
Public Recognition: unfamiliar
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Major Sources: India, Tanzania, Brazil, Sri Lanka. Others: Burma, Finland, Madagascar, Namibia, Norway
Recommended Disclosures: Avoid abrupt changes in heat.
The Meaning Of Iolite
The Meaning Of Iolite

IOLITE - The "Path of enlightenment"

3rd and 4th Chakra: Crown
Third Eye -Opens a light pathway from throat Chakra up through crown.

Color: Iolite is violet-blue, light blue, blue, blue-violet stone.
Vibrates to the numbers: Also known as the "Water Sapphire"

Keywords: Debt, money, Truth, simplicity, imagery, peace, addictions, detoxification, and sobriety.

Metaphysical Properties: Iolite's gift is in leading us to inner knowledge. One of its primary functions is to stimulate us as spiritual beings, guiding us to a higher awareness, and awakening us to the inner knowledge that so patiently waits within each of us. Within you already lies the knowledge of the Universe. Iolite will help you open that door. Iolite helps one to stay in the moment and bring harmony to the self within, which is really helpful in not getting distracted when you are trying to meditate. Iolite also helps eliminate and release discord in relationships.

MONEY: Iolite should be combined in the Success jewelry and gifts stones (Citrine, Adventure, Peridot, etc), when resolving debts, or too much debt is a problem that needs to be eliminated. It helps us to assume financial independence by correctly aligning us with the acceptance of financial responsibility, and gives one better ability in the management of money.

HEALTH: Iolite offers physical protection from disease, establishing a constitution that defies physical disorder.

CAREER: Enhances leadership ability, power, inner strength, self confidence and executive ability.

MEDITATION: Iolite enhances intuition and is a stone that brings vision and prophecy. It is said to stimulate the third eye Chakra leading to clairvoyance. Worn by Shamans in the past to insure accuracy of visions Color: violet, deep blue, clear, blue, lavender Physical

Healing Properties:liver, cholesterol (fatty deposits) eliminates toxins, malaria, and fever producing disorders such as chronic infections.

General Gemstone Details
Legend tells us that when Leif Eriksson and the other legendary Viking explorers ventured far out into the Atlantic Ocean, moving away from any coastline that could help them determine their position, they had a secret gem weapon: iolite. The Viking mariners used thin pieces of iolite as the world's first polarizing filter. Looking through an iolite lens, they were able to determine the exact position of the sun, and navigate safely to the new world and back. The property that made iolite so valuable to the Vikings is extreme Pleochroism. Iolite has different colors in different directions within the crystal. A cube cut from iolite will look a violet-ish blue almost like sapphire from one side, clear as water from the other, and a honey yellow from the top. This property led some people to call iolite "water sapphire" in the past, a name that is now obsolete. Although, Pleochroism may have been helpful in navigation, it makes things quite difficult for a gem cutter. If iolite is not cut from exactly the right direction, no matter the shape of the rough, its color will not show to its best advantage.

Scientific Properties: Moh’s Hardness of 7 with a orthorhombic crystal structure. Violet-blue iolite (also called cordierite) can be recognized by its strong Pleochroism, which gives the gem its other name of dichroite. The best blue color is seen down the length of the prismatic crystals; they appear colorless when viewed across. The name iolite comes from the Greek ios, which means violet. Iolite is usually a purplish blue when cut properly, with a softness to the color that can be quite attractive. Iolite is readily available and surprisingly affordable. The better and richer the blue, the better. It is mined in India, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Brazil. The Vikings probably mined iolite from deposits in Norway and Greenland. Iolite is relatively hard but should be protected from blows. With its attractive color and reasonable price, it may become a jewelry staple in the future.

Mystical Properties: As it's soft and gentle nature, iolite is used to help us connect with our souls. It will help us to understand who we are and why we are on the planet at this particular time...use this stone for guidance in difficult areas of your life. What is most unique about working with Iolite is the sense of protection you feel whilst delving into the deepest levels of your self, the comfort and calm it affords you. Iolite gives unconditionally, allow the positive energies of this stone to come into your life. Iolite is one of the best stones to use in psychic, healing, and spiritual activities. It can open one to psychic talents and expand them as well. Healing Properties: Iolite is very helpful when dealing with addictions, including alcoholism. It assists in detoxification as well as maintaining sobriety. As well, Iolite is also said to help build relationships whether they be new or old. In the physical realm, iolite is used to help heal sore throat, varicose veins, and blisters, it is also told to aid in diminishing headaches and strengthen the entire system, promoting health on all levels. Iolite is considered a very strong "Shaman" stone, and can stimulate visions.

Magical Properties: Energy: Not Noted Element: Not Noted Powers: Not Noted

Associations: Not Noted Not a Traditional Birthstone for any Month Stone of Aquarius, to dream of iolite means to anticipate an unusual or unexpected solution of to difficult problem.

Chakra Classification: Iolite activates the 6th, Third Eye or Brow Chakra, as well as clairvoyant visions. It bestows a resonance of gentleness and inner knowing that soothes the mental body and balances the outer layer of the aura. It is a wonderful stone to use on the Third Eye as well as the 7th, Crown Chakra. This stone may be placed directly on the throat or forehead for direct chakra healing. Work with iolite to release discord and addiction, support understanding and expression of your true self as well as to grow spiritually in a gentle and loving fashion.



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