Known as iolite to gemologist and cordierite to mineralogist, this stone is a magnesium iron aluminium cyclosilicate. (I dare you to say that three times fast.) It’s a transparent stone in colors of violet, blue, gray, and yellow. Iolite most often refers to the violet variety. This gem has a very cool property — pleochroism, the colors of the stone look different a different angles. It looks blue to violet in one direction and pale yellow to gray in another.
The name iolite is derived from the Greek word ion, meaning “violet.”
Iolite is also known as the water-sapphire and the Vikings’ Compass, because of its pleochroism.
History and Lore
- Ancient seafarers looking through iolite could determine where the sun was even in cloudy skies.
- Vikings used iolite to reduce the glare when checking the sun’s position.
Magical and Mystical Properties include
- alleviating stomach disorders
- alleviating stress
- reducing anxiety and depression
- stimulating memory
- unlocking creativity
- aiding in astral projection
Discharging & Recharging
To discharge iolite, let warm water run over the stone once a week. To recharge, place it among clear quartz crystals or in the sun for one hour. (In stone therapy, when using stones to heal, their energy is used up, requiring the stones to be recharged.)
This is a reference for fiction writers and should not be taken as medical or spiritual advice.Sources:
photo: iolite, cordierite byDidier Descouens, both by Wikipedia
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