Iolite Jewelry


Iolite jewelry has become quite popular due to its beautiful violet blue color and the dichroic properties that allow it to exhibit two or more colors according to the direction in which it is viewed. The name iolite comes from Greek ios (violet) and lithos (stone). Iolite jewelry may also be referred to as water sapphire or cordierite.

Because of its similarity to sapphire, iolite jewelry may be confused when viewed in only one direction. However, iolite is not a rare material and is therefore affordable. Sources for gemstones to be used in iolite jewelry may include Sri Lanka, India, Madagascar and Burma.

Moh's scale of hardness classifies iolite as 7-7.5. Being relatively durable, your iolite jewelry may be worn frequently and cleaned with gem cleaner to maintain its brilliance.

 


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