IOLITE

Iolite is a wonderfully warm bluish violet mineral that is quite common and found in many parts of the world. Iolite has had along history and was known since the times of the Ancient Greeks. Iolite mainly comes in two to three colors, mainly shades of violet blue or purple. However bluish violet is usually the most common of the colors that Iolite comes in. The important thing to consider with Iolite is its pleochroism; this means that Iolite can be seen as different colors depending on how you look at the stone. This distinctive attribute has made Iolite extremely practical to ancient sailors who would sail the seas without the sight of land. For instance, the Vikings used Iolite when plotting their course with the help of the sun. They needed to look at the sun for an extended amount of time to figure out the degrees. While looking directly into the sun was not safe and impractical, they used Iolite. When looking at Iolite, one side is usually blue or bluish violet, the other side of the stone when looked through is usually transparent like water, the third side of the stone is actually a polarized filter, it has a yellow, almost honey color to it. Iolite can be known as the first sunglasses. Iolite has becoming extremely popular in the last few years and will continue to grow in popularity due to the current sense in style and fashion. Iolite is very affordable and can be formed into many different shapes. They make great rings, bracelets and earrings.

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