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This is a natural untreated parcel  mined in India.This will cut a varity of  assorted sized stone.The stone projects various colors when placed in different directions. This material is best for cabbing with some smaller pieces suitable for faceting.If the cutting of the stone is not done properly the color will not shine out, irrespective of the shape of the crystal. In earlier times, this stone was also known as “water sapphire”. It was seen that if a cube is being cut out from lolite, one of its side looked exactly like a sapphire and the other is as plain as water.

Weight of parcel 550.00 cts app

Size  of largest piece 21 x 18 x 11 mm app

When Leif Eriksson and the other legendary Viking explorers ventured far out into the Atlantic Ocean, away from any coastline that could help them determine their position, they had a secret gem weapon: iolite. The Viking mariners used thin pieces of it as the world's first polarising filter. Looking through an iolite lens, they were able to determine the exact position of the sun, and navigate their way safely to the New World and back.

The property that made iolite so valuable to the Vikings is its extreme pleochroism. Iolite has different colours in different directions in the crystal. A cube cut from iolite will look a more or less violet blue, almost like sapphire, from one side, clear as water from the other, and a honey yellow from on top. In the past, this property led some people to call iolite 'water sapphire', though the name is now obsolete.


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Starts 10th Mar 2018 9:00pm PST
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