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.

The following physical properties are used to identify minerals

  • Colour
  • Streak
  • Hardness
  • Cleavage or Fracture
  • Crystalline Structure
  • Diaphaneity or Amount of Transparency
  • Tenacity
  • Magnetism
  • Luster
  • Odour
  • Taste
  • Specific Gravity.

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.

Lepidicrosite
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Lepidicrosite and Stirling Silver
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Lepidocrocite was named in 1813 from the Greek words, “lepidos”, meaning scale and “krokis”, meaning fiber or thread, due to the feathery crystal structure it displays.

Most Lepidocrocite used in jewellery is included in the quartz, which is generally a mixture of clear quartz, amethyst and smoke quartz and goes by the name seven super seven, although it is sometimes sold as Red Fire Quartz

Lepidocrocite is said to bring one to choose highest love and integrity. It also eliminates distraction and confusion, helping one think clearly. When found in combination with quartz, the quartz amplifies the properties of the lepidocrocite. It has a strong vibration and will encourage you to open your heart to Divine love.

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Materials
  • Lepidicrosite
  • Sterling Silver

Length 43cm

Weight
25g

Price $175 AUS
$175
Product Info...
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Lepidicrosite

Price $175
Weight 25g
Length 43cm

As every piece is 'one of a kind', in the rare event that two people manage to order the same item before the system updates it will be first come, first served. Naturally the other buyer will be fully refunded.

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