Iolite Stone

The name Iolite is derived from the Greek word "ios" which translates to "violet." Iolite is also at times referred to as Cordierite, named after Pierre Louis Antoine Cordier, who was a French mineralogist. Iolite is often utilized as a less expensive substitute for gemstones such as Blue Sapphire even though Iolites contain more of a purple tint when compared to the Blue Sapphires. Iolite is most commonly cut into both facets and cabochons which are mainly utilized in jewelry making such as pendants, bracelets, rings, necklaces, and earrings as well.

Iolites most noticeable characteristic is known as pleochroism. Pleochroism is when a stone showcases a variety of colors that change depending on the light and angle the stone is viewed from. Iolites can appear to look either blue or violet and when rotated the color changes to either a light blue or a shade of a yellowish grey.

Iolite can be found in various areas located all over the world. These places are India, Norway, Brazil, Kenya, Tanzania, and Sri Lanka. In 1994 a large Iolite deposit was found located in Madagascar.

In metaphysical belief, Iolite is believed to sustain the spirit of exploration, journey, intuition, and dreams. Iolite is known as the "Vikings Compass" and is said to possess the ability to provide/stimulate feelings of hope during difficult times.