Iolite, or Cordeirite, is also known as "water sapphire" due to its beautiful violet blue shades that appear watery due to its strong pleochroism. Iolite changes from a violet to a blue to a grayish color depending on which axisit is seen through. Also, it is believed, that the Vikings used Iolite as a diffusion device in order to find the exact position of the sun through the clouds on dreary days, thusallowing them to be very succesful navigators. Major sources for Iolite include Norway, India, Brazil, and Sri Lanka.
This listing is for a wholesale ONE POUND LOT of Iolite facet rough from India. This material is EXCELLENT! It takes a killer polish. Its hard to tell from the pictures but you will find many facet quality pieces in every lot.... guaranteed. I just ran into some material and bought all that was available at the time because I was so impressed with the quality for the price. I have already cut several stones from a random selection of this material and have been quite impressed. There are some large faceters hidden in these rough stones. Makes excellent cabochons, some might even have inclusions of iridescent Hematite! Shows excellent blue, violet, and gryaish brown colors. It does make a neat finshed stone when you can see the strong pleochroism perfectly in each piece. This would be excellent, and I mean EXCELLENT, to tumble. You would get a large return on your finshed material. Dont hesitate to pick up a pound or two and give it a try. At this price for this quality, you wont be disappointed!
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