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.

Oregon Sunstone
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Natural Oregon Sunstone
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Oregon Sunstone is found in Harney County, Oregon and eastern Lake County north of Plush. Sunstone is a plagioclase feldspar. Only Oregon sunstone contains inclusions of copper crystals. The copper leads to variant colour within the stone. The more copper contained within the stone, the darker the complexion.

The terms ‘sunstone’ (heliolite) comes from the Greek helios, meaning sun, and lithos, meaning "stone" and has been used for centuries to describe feldspars that exhibit schiller (metallic shimmer). The Lake County occurrence was first reported in 1908.

Sunstone is said to take in the power of the sun and bring the Suns light into your life, and is used to dispel the dark negative energy. It is thought to contain energies that help stimulate your personal power of attraction, making it a good stone for boosting ones self-confidence.

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Materials
  • Oregon Sunstone
  • Sterling Silver

Length 45 cm

Weight
85g

Price $225 AUS

These stones are brittle and need to be treated with care
$225
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Oregon Sunstone

Price $225
Weight 85g
Length 45cm

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