Friday, December 08, 2006


The name Iolite is derived from the Greek "los", meaning violet.Iolite, known as the Vikings' compass, due to it's ability to determine the direction of the sun on overcast days. When the legendary Viking mariners sailed the wide ocean, they used thin pieces of iolite as the world's first polarizing filter. Looking through an iolite lens, they could determine the exact position of the sun, and navigate safely.The natural mineral has little commercial use.The price of iolites about the same as of nice amethysts in a good color. This pleasing violet gemstone is gaining widespread popularity for its beauty and its attractive affordability.Iolite necklaces and pendants wear better than iolite rings.Iolite is commonly cut into traditional shapes, and its most desirable color is a rich violet-blue. It shows many colors in a single stone. It is very important to look at an it from several directions before you purchase, because the stone presents very different colors from different angles. If cut properly the stone shows its best blue color through the top of the stone. But viewed from another angle the stone may appear colorless.



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