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.

Tourmaline
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Tourmaline
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The name Tourmaline comes from the Sinhalese word tura mali which translates as the stone of mixed colours. Ancient legend says tourmaline is found in all colours because it traveled along a rainbow and gathered all the rainbow's colours.

It is available in black to bluish-black, dark brown, yellow, medium brown, blue to neon blue, lime to dark forest green, red and reddish purple, yellow, pink, and colourless. There are also varieties known as bi-coloured, multi-coloured and watermelon.

Chrome Tourmaline is coloured by chromium resulting in a beautiful green. Indicolite is a dark blueish black stone. The Paraiba tourmaline is a bright neon-blue and Rubellite is a deep reddish purple stone. Schorl is the name given to black tourmalines which are the most commonly found tourmalines.

Tourmaline is believed to strengthen the body and spirit. It is also thought to inspire creativity and was used extensively as a tailsman by artists and writers.

Tourmaline was adopted by the American National Association of Jewellers in 1912 as the official birthstone for October. It is also the traditional birthstone for October, the stone for the Zodiac sign of Leo, and the accepted gem for the 8th wedding anniversary. These stones are 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness.

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Materials
  • Tourmaline
  • Sterling Silver

Length 44cm

Weight
20g

Price $195 AUS
$195
Product Info...
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Tourmaline

Price $195
Weight 20g
Length 44cm

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