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.
Fossilised Mammoth Tusk Ivory is from the modified two upper incisors of the Woolly mammoth. This fossilised ivory or Mastodon ivory is from the fossilised remains of the wooly mammoths (Mammuthus primigenius) that have been extinct since the last 10,000 years. The remains of these huge animals are found in the permafrost in Siberia, Alaska and other regions of Russia. The fossilised ivory is a rare commodity that has high antique and historical value.
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.
Kyanite, whose name comes from the Greek "kyanos", meaning deep blue, is typically a blue silicate commonly found in aluminium rich metamorphic pegmatites and/or sedimentary rocks. Blue Kyanite is the most widespread colour of Kyanite and derives its colour from minerals iron and titanium, similar to the ones that give the blue sapphire its colour. Kyanite also comes in shades grey, green, black and colourless.
Kyanite is valuable in the industrial world for heat resistance, used in high refractory porcelain, refractory bricks, mortars, kiln furniture and foundry molds, in the auto and railroad industries for brake shoes, grinding wheels and cutting disks, and in the standard porcelain of dentures, sinks and bathroom fixtures. Kyanite crystals that are highly transparent and attractive in color can be cut into cabochon and faceted gemstones, and are considered to be "exotic" gems.
It is claimed that the most outstanding property that all colors of Kyanite are known for, is the ability to bring all of the chakras into alignment. It does this without the user needing to direct it by thought, but if it is directed it will have the extra result of being able to open the chakras.
The grey form of kyanite is also called rhaeticite and is good for balancing the chakras while Green Kyanite is often used to make contact with the nature spirits.
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