Iolite is the common name for the mineral Cordierite and is also one of the most commonly used gem variety that exist in the Cordierite group. Iolite has several references in history, with the earlier ones being associated with the Greek word ‘ion’. In the Greek language, Ion refers to the colour violet and its purplish blue colour when cut and faceted. Another ancient Greek name associated with the iolite gem is ‘dichroite’ or two-coloured rock and means that is different colours depend in the axis it is viewed from and is why Iolite was also known as water sapphire in ancient times.
Iolite is also called the Viking Compass Stone. Legend claims the initial Viking mariners who ventured deep into the Atlantic Ocean used a secret gem compass that helped them in determining their position. It was later found to be an iolite gemstone. Ancient mariners considered it as the world’s first polarising filter. By using thin pieces of iolite gem and looking through it, navigators could determine the exact position of the sun and thereby navigate their way safely to the New World and back.
Corundum is a crystalline aluminum oxide and comes in a range of colours. Corundums are more commonly known as includes rubies and sapphires. The name "corundum" is derived from the Tamil word Kuruvindam or Sanskit word Kuruvinda meaning ruby.
The red variety of corundum is Ruby. Padparadscha is the name for a rare orange-pink variety and has a higher value than blue sapphires. Sapphire is the name given to the rest of the Corundum family whose colours include yellow, green, white, colourless, orange, brown, and purple. Blue is the most popular colour for sapphires.
Sapphire is the birthstone of September. It is also one of the birth stones for the Zodiac signs Pisces, Taurus, Virgo and Sagittarius. Sapphire is given as a gem for the 5th, 23rd and 45th wedding anniversaries while a star sapphire is given on the 65th wedding anniversary.
More than 4,000 naturally occurring minerals (inorganic solids that have a characteristic chemical composition and specific crystal structure) have been found on Earth. They are formed of simple molecules or individual elements arranged in repeating chains, sheets, or three-dimensional arrays.
Minerals are typically formed when molten rock, or magma, cools, or by separating out of mineral-rich water, such as that in underground caverns. In general, mineral particles are small, having formed within confined areas such as lava flows or between grains of sediments. Large crystals found in geodes and other rocks are relatively rare.
Rocks themselves are made of clusters or mixtures of minerals, and minerals and rocks affect landform development and form natural resources such as gold, tin, iron, marble, and granite.
Fluorite, formally called fluorspar, is the mineral form of calcium fluoride and is a colourful halide mineral in both visible and ultraviolet light. Fluorite has a wide range of colours including yellow, blue, pink purple and green is known as the most colourful mineral in the world. Part of the interest and beauty of the stone is because frequently more than one colour occurs in a single stone.
The ancient Egyptians used fluorite to carve statues and scarabs, the Chinese have used it in carvings for over 300 years. In the 18th century, fluorite was powdered in water to relieve the symptoms of kidney disease.
Fluorite is said to absorb and neutralise negative vibrations and makes one more receptive to the vibrations of other stones. Fluorite is also known as the "Genius Stone".
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