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.

Old Aquamarine
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Old Moss Aquamarine
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Aquamarine is probably the most well known of the beryl family and ranges in colour from an almost colourless pale blue to blue-green or teal. The most prized colour is a deep blue version of aquamarine is called maxixe. Maxixe is commonly found in the country of Madagascar. Its color fades to white when exposed to sunlight or is subjected to heat treatment, though the colour returns with irradiation.

It is 7.5-8 on the Mohs’ scale of hardness and gets its name from Latin words meaning water and sea. The gemstone Aquamarine is the modern March birthstone as adopted by the American National Association of Jewellers in 1912. Aquamarine is also suggested as a gem to give on the 16th and 19th wedding anniversaries.

The aquamarine is the stone of sailors, believing it would be protection for them on water. Folklore says the aquamarine will protect against gossip. It is also said the aquamarine will pick up spirits. It is an excellent stone to use for meditating.

Moss Aquamarine has fine black inclusions within the beads with this set of stones being carved over 80 years ago.

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Moss Aquamarine
Sterling Silver

Length 49cm

Weight
80g

Price $445 AUS
$445
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Old Moss Aquamarine

Price $445
Weight 80g
Length 49cm

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