A beautiful stone often compared to aquamarine and other indigo-blue crystals, Iolite is also similar to pale amethyst and sapphire gemstones too. Revered for awakening the Soma Chakra or Amria, Iolite represents the nectar of the crescent moon. Soma Chakra is the magenta Level of the realm of Ultra Violet and Hinduism sanctifies it as the elixir of life.
Resembling the winter dark sky, Iolite resonates with the energy of dusk as it is the Stone of Muses. From relieving jinxes to introducing astral travel, iolite is excellent for karma debts too.
Vikings were the original users of Iolite and they used it as a polarizing filter during navigation. They looked through the iolite and used the pleochroism in iolite (ability to change color at different angles) to determine the position of the sun on cloudy days.
· Alternate Names of Iolite
Shaman Stone, Cordierite, Water Sapphire, Viking’s Compass, Dichrolite, Steinheilite and Violet Stone;
· Hardness of Iolite on the MOHS Scale
7 to 7.5;
· Origin of Iolite
Brazil, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India, Madagascar, Tanzania, Canada, Australia, Namibia and United States of America;
· Iolite Represents the God
- Athena: Goddess of War, Greece;
- Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom, Greece
· Zodiac Signs Associated with Iolite
Pisces, Aries and Capricorn;
· Ruling Planet or Celestial Bodies of Iolite
Saturn or Shani;
· Iolite Color energies
Blue, Indigo, Purple, Violet, Brown and Yellow;
· Numerical Vibration of Iolite
· Iolite activates the Chakra (s)
Third eye, Crown and Soma Chakra;
· Metaphysical Meanings of Various Types of Iolite
Iolite is also an excellent recovery stone that is translated from the Greek word ‘ios’ meaning violet. Iolite creates the startling blue tone from the presence of iron in the gemstone. Inclusions of hematite in iolite gemstone render it a red sheen in an otherwise blue to violet varieties of the gem. As iolite displays pleochroism, you can also see yellow to orange colors when viewed from the table of a polished iolite crystal.
The crystosilicate gemstone is often confused with sapphires to pale amethyst stones. Iolite is found in transparent nature with inclusions that display a brilliant play of colors from every angle.
The best cut on iolite gemstones is octagonal emerald step cut, which maximizes the visual fiesta of colors. The affordable gemstone is called Cordierite by mineralogists and was known to be the most powerful imagination stone known to man a few centuries ago!
The primary variety of iolite exists in violet to blue shades. The commonest iolite is also the most favorite iolite variety in the world. Rough iolite is seen with the maximum blue surface with orange and white crystals around it. The best variety of blue iolite comes from Myanmar, in the deepest iolite shade of indigo and blue.
2. Cherry Blossom Iolite
Popular in Japan as Sakura-ishi, Cherry Blossom Iolite is seen in colors of blue, red and orange with cherry blossom like an imprint on the parent rock. The cherry blossom iolite is a heart stone that comforts the wearer.
3. Rhodelite Garnet Cordeirite
An incredible iolite with a mix of pink and red on blue, rhodelite garnet cordierite is seen with fresh indigo, violet, pink, silver and reddish tint on the rough rock. The rhodelite garnet iolite is a rarity mined from Brazil.
4. Iolite Quartz
With ivory white quartz around it, Iolite Quartz grows with a dark violet centre. The stone combines the uplifting spiritual and emotional powers of quartz and iolite crystal.
Called the green amethyst, Prasiolite also resembles a lime colored stone and is often confused as prasiolite. Praseolite is a learning stone that boosts your productivity and understanding too. The lime colored translucent crystal is made from heating iolite.
6. Bloodshot Iolite
Clear iolite with dots and blobs of red scattered blood-like spots inside is called the bloodshot iolite. This form of an iolite is born out of rare inclusions of hematite scattered in the stone. Bloodshot iolite is an excellent passion stone that rejuvenates the wearer!
7. Cat Eye Iolite
Mined from Odisha in India, Star Eye Iolite is a mystical stone with a white to yellow cat-eye slit across it. Seen in translucent pale blue color, Cat Eye Iolite is a rare stone to come by.
A dark blue iolite that also emanates gray shade when viewed under different angles, Steinheilite is a miraculous stone with powers of forgiveness brimming in it. The intense blue of Steinheilite is known to rebut the powers and sparkle of the most expensive Tanzanite gemstone too!
Iolite with traits of sunstone produces the iolite sunstone with dull indigo iolite stone with star like bright white, pink, yellow, blue and orange inclusions in dots. There are also iolite sunstones that exist with symbiotic growth into each other, resulting in half-color stones.
· Physical Effects of Iolite
Iolite was once believed to make man immortal and today, it is the Stone of Vision. Particularly useful for eye diseases and vision disorders, Iolite is recommended for most ENT disorders. An interesting physical healing energy of iolite is how well it sobers or detoxifies the body by improving your liver conditions.
For seasonal diseases such as Malaria, Blisters, Fever and Typhoid, Iolite was extensively used not so long ago too. Today, Iolite is widely used for indigestions, constipation and food poisoning too. Cosmetologist crystal users also advocate using iolite gem elixir for your skin, hair and nails for smooth conditioning.
Iolite crystal empowers the nerves and increases one’s tolerance to pain. The blue crystal is also excellent to treat headaches, sinusitis and migraines in addition to strengthening one’s memory. Continued use of iolite for programming higher chakras before bed cures insomnia by resetting the biological clock.
· Spiritual Effects of Iolite
A welcoming and enlightening blue healing crystal with powers to change your fate, Iolite is a Stone of visionaries. A shamanic journey stone, Iolite influences the power of the spirits. Iolite introduces the wearer to mindful sessions of meditation, vivid visualization and the trait of clairvision.
By linking the mind and heart through one chakra vent, iolite wakens the spiritual you and begins seeking psychic gifts including ESP, psychic vision and cosmic awareness. Blue color rays are known to connect the wearer with nature while the indigo connects to the higher realm.
From astral travel to projections and dreaming, there are incredible new spiritual powers one gains by using iolite regularly. The violet stone is especially beneficial for those desiring intuitive powers as it keeps you livelier with each passing day. Iolite beckons wisdom, to truth and enlightenment in the wearer.
· Emotional Effects of Iolite
Iolite calms the nerves and even connects the subconscious mind with the emotional realm. It calms the overactive mind and brings spirits of other dimensions to actively communicate with you. Dreaming of Iolite is a signal that something that you deliberately rejected in the past will rewind and become the centripetal force of your life.
Iolite sheds light on your inner path and destiny. It relieves frustration, anger and regret by opening the divine eye chakra. The violet stone is also one of the emphatic energies of Soma that revitalizes you by erasing your karmic debts to regrets and unseen negativity around.
Iolite inspires the wearer to take charge of life and free from toxic co-dependent relationships. Having iolite gem baths will also rejuvenate your inner conscience with harmony, peace and satisfaction.
· Five Facts About Iolite
- The inter-dimension travel stone iolite is gifted to couples on their 21st wedding anniversary.
- Lilac blue iolite gemstone calms the brain and boots metabolism and subsequent weight-loss in the wearer too!
- Iolite represents the water energy and purifies the wearer. When kept in the northern area of an office or home, iolite attracts harmony and prosperity.
- Iolite is called water sapphire because of its erratic blue shade that recedes in intensity at the edges when manually rotated.
- Iolite displays all the colors the rainbow owing to its unique pleochroic nature where different angles of light serve different color to the gemstone.
Before You go …
Iolite is a stone of mysticism, new beginnings, rebirth and regeneration. A hypnotic gemstone with the power to awaken the core higher chakras as well as Soma Chakra, Iolite is an extra-special stone.
As it is a strong stone with high hardness quotient, wearing it every day is ideal. However, if you choose to do so, remember to clean the stone with a purification gem at the end of the day.
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