Iolite is sometimes referred to as water sapphire and also Viking's compass. Iolite transmits light differently when viewed from different directions. It can show a deep blue, a sapphire blue, or a transparent blue depending on the direction it is viewed from. The Vikings used a thin slice of the stone as a light polarizer to navigate their trips. By observing the sky through this stone, they were able to locate the exact position of the sun on overcast days. Iolite does what a Polaroid does - it cancels out haze, mist, and clouds to make things appear clearer. I thought this was such an incredible feature of iolite, I had to share! Not only is it a very appealing silky violet/blue color, it can act as a compass! Amazing!
- rose cut iolite flat back stones approx 9 x 11 x 4mm
- hand made golden (jewelers brass) charm
- 1 5/8 inch total dangle
- 14KT gold filled earwires