This beautiful, Clear bluish to lavender cordierite mineral is often used by healer to open a light pathway from the Throat Chakra up through to Crown Chakra.  When we are blocking our ability to communicate with speech and absorb with our spirit, this gemstone opens this highway to better understand that what we say echos how we process our spiritual nature.

This gemstone shows us truth, simplicity, imagery, and peace by living at higher awareness level. Iolite is considered a very strong “Shaman” stone, and can stimulate visions.

Like amethyst, this stone works as an alcohol/addiction detoxificator, sobriety stone. A newer stone discovered in 1813. Iolite is one of the best stones to use in psychic, healing, and spiritual activities. It can open one to psychic talents and expand them, and is excellent for use on the upper Chakra of the Throat Chakra, Third Eye Chakra and Crown Chakra. This stone is also know to enhance curiosity. It is also an excellent stone for meditation and astral travel. It helps one grow spiritually in a peaceful approach. Iolite is also said to help build relationships.

Folk Remedies: This crystal is the most recommended stone for stress relief, detoxing and addictions. Iolite has a direct link to the mind. Famous modern detoxifying stone. Especially helps in sobriety, as well as alcohol, food, sex and other addictions. It soothes the nervous system and assists in the transmission of neural signals. Helps you feel less scattered and more in control of your faculties.

Feng Shui: Iolite is used primarily anywhere to help bring change. Used in the Southeast direction, in the Center for balance and spirituality and in the Northeast for wisdom.

Crystal Cleansing: method 1 – 3 and method 5 – 8 (up to one hour in the sun).

History: Iolite (Mg,Fe)2Al4Si5O18, is a magnesium iron aluminium cyclosilicate. Cordierite typically occurs in contact or regional metamorphism of pelitic rocks. Discovered in 1813, Cordierite is named after the French geologist Louis Cordier (1777–1861). This stone is associated with additional minerals including garnet (cordierite-garnet-sillimanite gneisses) and anthophyllite. Cordierite also occurs in some granites, pegmatites, and norites in gabbroic magmas. Alteration products include mica, chlorite, and talc. Cordierite occurs, for example, in the granite contact zone at Geevor Tin Mine in Cornwall.

As a gemstone, “iolite” comes from the Greek word for “violet”. Another old name is dichroite, a Greek word meaning “two-colored rock”, a reference to cordierite’s strong pleochroism. It has also been called “water-sapphire” and “Vikings’ Compass” because of its usefulness in determining the direction of the sun on overcast days, it was believed the Vikings used it for this purpose. This works by determining the direction of polarization of the sky overhead. Light scattered by air molecules is polarized, and the direction of the polarization is at right angles to a line to the sun, even when the sun itself is obscured by dense fog or lies just below the horizon.

Gem quality iolite varies in color from sapphire blue to blue violet to yellowish gray to light blue as the light angle changes. Iolite is sometimes used as an inexpensive substitute for sapphire. It is much softer than sapphires and is abundantly found in Australia (Northern Territory), Brazil, Burma, Canada (Yellowknife area of the Northwest Territories), India, Madagascar, Namibia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and the United States (Connecticut). The largest iolite crystal found weighed more than 24,000 carats, and was discovered in Wyoming.

With Truth & Simplicity

Iolite brings energies of truth, simplicity, imagery, peace. Living at higher awareness level. Iolite is considered a very strong “Shaman” stone, and can stimulate visions.

A wonderful stone for meditation on the Third Eye in order to relay pertinent information from our intuitive insight.

Iolite attunes to the upper Chakra for better communication, insight and spiritual awakening.


Angels: Zadkiel
Associated Crystal: Cyclosilicate family
Birthstone: February
Color: Purple/Indigo
Chakra: Throat, Third Eye Chakra, Crown Chakra
Element: Air, Water
Flowers: Lavender, lilac, violet
Gods/Goddesses: Buddha, Dionysus, Bacchus, Diana, Artemis
Planet: Saturn, Neptune
Zodiac: Taurus, Libra, Sagittarius
Sabbat: Imbolc, Ostara, Mabon
Tarot: The Hanged Man

Iolite Elixir

A crystal elixir or gem essence combines the energy of your crystal that is infused in either water or oil. It is often placed in the sun in order for the crystal to imbue the water or oil with the crystal’s energy or Qi and then the decoction is used for healing and anointing.

Here is what you need: A glass container filled with about 12 ounces of water. If you are going to be placing your essence outside, be sure to cover it.   Read more here

Cleansing & Charging Iolite

~ Cleansing a crystal is always a good idea to rid it of energies (negative or otherwise) that it may have picked up during handling and excessive use.

~ Charging a crystal is bringing its energy levels back up, after use and cleansing. Like re-charging a battery after it has lost its energy.  A great way to do this (and remind you that it is time to do so) is during a full moon.

Crystal Cleansing: method 1 – 3 and method 5 – 8 (up to one hour in the sun).

The Power of Color

Color plays a major role in determining how your crystal can help you.  A crystal’s color is due to its combination of minerals, which give it it’s own personality.  It contributes in what attracts you to it.  The psychological aspects of color determine how a crystal’s healing properties work.

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