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Iolite (Cordierite)

Color: transparent violet, yellowish.

Hardness: 7 - 7.5

Sources: India, Sri-Lanka, Madagascar, Tanzania, Brazil and Zombia.

Iolite is one of the most beautiful transparent gems. Iolite comes from the Greek root, meaning “violet”. Its resemblance to Sapphire gave it the name “Water Sapphire”. The Vikings used it on their voyages, attributing navigational powers to the stone.

Cutting in a very precise way is necessary in order to bring out the colors of this stone, which otherwise would appear transparent or black.

Iolite has energetic qualities: enhancing self-confidence and helping in interpersonal relations. It enables the person holding it to lead others and stimulates a wider point of view. It helps in removing toxic elements from the body. Some claim that it can help overcome alcohol addiction.