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Fabulous Gemstone Iolite

Iolite has got its name from the Greek word ios which means violet. Iolite is a very beautiful gemstone which can catch every eye. Iolite is truly amazing with having appearance of violet color, truly fascinating.

When anyone comes to know about its beauty then it’s sure that that person will surely fall in its fan list. Like every gemstone iolite also have some certain physical and chemical properties. This gemstone iolite is a member of mineral family known as cordierite. It is formed as when the lava emitted from volcanic eruptions cools down to form igneous rocks, the sediments of aluminum get trapped in the mixture and as a result of aluminum contamination in rocks iolite gemstone is formed in rocks. So the iolite gemstone is made up of magnesium aluminum silicate.

 This gemstone has amazing features and it also exhibits pleochroism. This phenomenon means that it has a special feature that it shows different colors depending upon the angle of stone as the light is passed through it. From one side the stone may appear yellow to you that is because yellow would be the only wavelength which is not absorbed by the stone. On the other side of the stone the wavelengths that would be absorbed would be of different color so different color would be displayed. All colors exhibited by the gemstone are yellow, blue and sometimes clear. When iolite is used in jewelry this property of iolite is used in such a way that the different colors are displayed in an elegant manner to attract everyone who watches it from any angle.
As this stone is in so much demand so it is also of vital importance that where this stone is available very easily. It has been found that it is obtained in large quantities from Sri Lanka, BrazilArticle Search, Myanmar and India. They are also found in the Wyoming along Laramie Range.

This gemstone also has a historical past that is it was used in ancient times also. It was used by ancient Vikings to conquer new land and it was done with the help of iolite. This stone of variant colors helped ancient people to search new lands. It was used in such a way that Vikings made lenses from the gemstone and used these lenses as polarizing filters to navigate by the sun. By using it as lens they navigated lands by using sun position.

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