Iolite, a beautiful blue-violet gemstone, is gaining popularity for its beauty and affordability. As a relatively hard gemstone, iolite can be worn every day with minimal care. If you or someone has a 21st Anniversary approaching, well this is the gemstone for that occasion.
A Bit of History: The name is derived from the Greek word ios, meaning “violet.” Iolite is known as the gemstone of clear vision. It was believed to have the power to guide lost sailors to the brilliance of the sun in order to find their way home. When, Leif Eriksson and other legendary Viking explorers ventured out into the Atlantic Ocean, far away from any coastline that could help them determine their nautical position, they had a secret gem weapon – iolite. Viking sailors allegedly used thin pieces of iolite as the world’s first polarizing filter. By looking through an iolite lens, they could determine the exact position of the sun on cloudy days to help them navigate safely to their new worlds and back