Iolite Gemstone Properties

Design Possibilities

Heavenly-that's the look that these lustrous, clear medium blue to violet beads and cabochons will add to your jewelry. Part of it is their shimmering color. This rather rare stone looks dichroic (its hue appears to change when you view it from different angles). One moment it's blue, the next it's violet. It has such a dreamy quality, a friend of mine refers to it as "Eye o' Light." The name actually comes from the Greek word "ion" which means "violet." For a beautiful choker, combine iolite beads in a variety of shapes and shades. Iolite's colors, like a changing sky, will give a quiet beauty that will thrill both you and those who buy your jewelry.

Metaphysical/Healing Properties

Surrender-that's the message in iolite. Three people I know wear iolite for completely different reasons. Tara has trouble sleeping. She says when she wears her iolite ring at night as well as in the day time, her sleeping patterns not only improve, but her dreams are instructive. Deborah is wearing iolite all through her pregnancy to remind her that she's connected to a greater feminine creator and is part of a larger, natural rhythm. And then there's Jane (that's not her real name). Jane is no plain jane, believe me, which is part of her problem. She had a love affair with credit cards that nearly bankrupted her. She's so convinced iolite is helping her get back on track and out of debt, she's told herself she can buy all the iolite jewelry she wants…as long as she doesn't charge it.

Iolite's spiritual value is this: it helps us to see the path we are on and the path we should be on. It calls for us to honor ourselves and to surrender some space so the sacred can work through us to make the necessary changes. That's what each of these three people is doing.

Mineral Information Cordereite, cyclosilicate
Chemical Composition Mg2Al3(AlSi5O18)
Color Medium blue to intense blue-violet
Hardness 7 - 7-1/2
Specific Gravity 2.58-2.66
Refractive Index 1.53-1.55

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**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.

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