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Usable Gems... and a little opinion.
Iolite Is The
Iolite is a beautiful gem... that look like sapphire
or tanzanite, according to many.
Iolite, have you heard of it? The name is pronounced
eye-o-lite, or as our madagascar-gems-com partner in Madagascar would say it...
Iolite is the gem variety of a mineral named cordetite.
All of these "ite" names, while pleasing to the scientific community,
can be really tedious. I much prefer the more romantic gem names, such as
emerald, sapphire, and topaz.
But I digress, so back to the subject...
Iolite is the official name, so we will use it here. The
name comes from the Greek word "ios" which supposedly means "violet."
This beautiful gem is also known as water sapphire.
Not a bad name, but neither is it unique, since it borrows the sapphire
Blue-violet is the color of this gem. As I mentioned
earlier, sapphire and tanzanite also occur in this same color. One of the
favorable characteristics of iolite is that it is more affordable.
Iolite has other interesting characteristics
as well. The Vikings used it as a polarizing filter to see through the haze at
Iolite is a relatively hard gem, so it is very suitable for use in jewelry to be
Chemically, it is a magnesium-alumino silicate, with
(usually) some ferrous iron (Fe2+) and ferric iron
(Fe3+) present. This gets us dangerously close to a
discussion of the oxidation state of elements and their
influence on colors... but we will not go there today.
Iolite is becoming more popular in manufactured jewelry. This
is primarily due to the popularity of the much more expensive
and similar colored gem, tanzanite.
Iolite continues to be
very affordable from gem dealers (especially this one).
Reasons for this continued affordability can be attributed
to its presence in commercial mining quantities on several
Iolite is found in Madagascar, Namibia, Tanzania, Brazil, Sri
Lanka, Burma, Australia, and Canada.
All-in-all, this is a very desirable gem.
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