Comes from the Greek word “ios”, meaning violet. This makes iolite an ideal piece for any winter or spring wardrobe.

I don’t need to stop for directions . . .
Well that’s what the Viking Leif Eriksson said. Vikings were great explorers because they always knew how to get back home. These mariners used thin pieces of iolite as the world's first polarizing filter. This allowed them to determine the exact position of the sun and allow them to navigate back home. Iolite is believed to enhance the wearer’s leadership ability, power, inner strength, self-confidence and executive ability.

The perfect gift . . .
Iolite makes a great gift for someone who is embarking on a new journey or career.

Hmm . . . pleochroism . . . what’s that?
That is the property that made iolite so valuable to the Vikings. Iolite has different colors going in different directions in its crystal formation. A cube cut from iolite will look a violet-blue almost like sapphire from one side, clear as water from the other, and a honey yellow from the top.

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