Crystal Thursday – Iolite

Good morning everyone. It is Crystal Thursday again and we’re taking a look at the lovely Iolite. My original post for this crystal was back on the 8th of December 2017. Because of its beautiful blue color Iolite is sometimes mistaken for Sapphire. Some even call it Water Sapphire but it has, in fact, a different chemical makeup. Iolite is Gem Quality Cordierite and Sapphire is a type of Corundum.

The head of this crystal family, Cordierite, was discovered in Spain around 1813 and named for French Geologist Louis Cordier. It can be found in several colors, one of which is today’s topic so let’s get back to it. Iolite was discovered by W. Dan Hausel in Palmer Creek Wyoming in 1996. Iolite is considered fairly rare but it can be found in Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Canada in addition to Wyoming.

Iolite’s color can vary from light to deep blue/violet and from transparent to translucent. The more transparent it is the higher its value. It also has this interesting color flash characteristic called Pleochriosm. Now I am no geologist and don’t pretend to be but the best explanation I can give is that when turned in the light colors can be seen like yellow, light blue or grey depending on the angle. Emeralds and Tanzanite are known to also have this characteristic. The beautiful blue of this crystal resonates well with the third eye chakra. It’s also very hard, on the Mohs scale Iolite comes in at 7-7.5 making it a good choice for jewelry.

Let’s get to the fun part and discuss a few of the metaphysical characteristics of Iolite. Interestingly enough the energy of this crystal is quite calming. As it resonates with the Third Eye you’d think the energy would feel more active but it does all its work with an energy that’s calm.

  • Iolite relieves stress.
  • It relieves Migraines.
  • When placed under a pillow it will help relieve insomnia and nightmares.
  • It works very well for spiritual inner journeying but this should be done with an
    experienced guide.
  • It opens your intuition and helps expand psychic ability
  • It will help you move through periods of change in your life by helping you gain perspective and the determination make necessary change.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief look at Iolite. If the qualities of this stone resonate with you I encourage you to purchase a piece and work with it. Keep in mind I am not a doctor and sharing the healing qualities of this or any crystal or mineral is in no way giving medical advice. Working with it can help but if you are ill see your medical practitioner of choice.

Until Next Time…
Blessed Be ❤ Sharon

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