Iolite has its name from the Greek word, “ios” meaning violet. The iolite will change colour according to the angle of which it is viewed and will display tones of blue, violet, grey and from certain angles, a yellow-grey nuance appears. I find this change of colour quite magical and incredibly beautiful. Read on, if you would like to know more about the gorgeous iolite! ♡ Shiri
Iolite is traditionally gifted on the 21st wedding anniversary. A piece of jewellery set with the precious iolite is a delightful present for your loved one on a special day. Let the violet-blue gemstone captivate the receiver with its attractive colour.
The spiritual qualities of the iolite include: Independence, intuition, confidence and vision. The wonderful iolite is thought to help the wearer overcome co-dependence, making it particularly great for standing on your own two legs. This violet-blue gemstone is said to encourage self-reliance, finding the strength within yourself and clearing your vision. The Iolite is equally a gemstone of creative expression.
Allegedly, the Vikings used the iolite as a tool for navigation at sea. Looking through thin pieces of the blue gemstone, helped them determine the position of the hidden sun during cloudy weather. Even though the Vikings use of iolite has not been proven, the gemstone has been nicknamed “the Vikings compass”.
The iolite is a gemstone from the mineral cordierite which is composed of magnesium, iron, aluminium and cyclosilicate. The iolite display pleochroism, meaning that the gemstone can exhibit different colours depending on which way it is viewed. From different angles, the iolite will display nuances of violet-blue, blue-grey and from some angles even grey-yellow. Iolite is categorized on 7-7.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness. This gemstone can be found in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Madagascar, India, Namibia, Tanzania, Greenland, Germany, Norway and Finland.