Name: Iolite
Color(s): Medium blue to intense blue-violet
Mineral Information: cordierite, a silicate of aluminum and magnesium
Chemical Make-up: Mg2Al3(AlSi5O18)
Hardness: 7 – 7-1/2
Where they are found: Brazil, Madagascar, India, Sri Lanka, and Burma
About Stone: 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. It is told that the Viking mariners used very thin pieces of iolite as some of the world’s first polarizing filter. Looking through an iolite lens, they were able to determine the exact position of the sun, and to navigate safely to the new lands and back. It is the extreme pleochroism that made this stone so valuable to the Vikings as a ‘looking glass’.
Although this pleochroism may have proven helpful in navigational skills, it makes the gem cutters job quite difficult. Iolite has many colors in each direction within the crystal; a cube of Iolite will appear violet blue (much like a Sapphire) from one side and clear as water from the other, and a honey yellow from the top. If not cut properly, regardless the shape of the rough stone it’s color will not be shown to it’s best advantage.
Iolite, gem variety of the mineral Cordierite, has a delicate, yet powerful, healing energy of the Violet Ray. Upon contact it will produce an electrical charge with the aura, which will strengthen the entire Auric field and etheric body.
Zodiac Association: Taurus, Libra, Sagittarius
Metaphysical Properties: A stone of the muses, activating the visionary side of the mind, and inspires creative self-expression through writing, song, movement and other artistic endeavors. Iolite helps in recovering balance, and is recommended for those suffering from disorientation, lack of motivation, chronic disorganization, and distraction. It reveals realms beyond the usual waking consciousness.