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Iolite Stone Facts & FAQ

A look like Blue Sapphire, Iolite is known to be the birthstone of the Virgo sun sign. It can also be worn by Capricorn and Aquarius as a substitute of Neelam (Blue Sapphire). This beautiful blue-violet gemstone carries the spirit of dream and intuition.

What are the properties of Iolite Stone?

Color: Light to dark blue, purplish-blue, brown, yellow, gray. Rarely red to brownish-red

Hardness in Mohs scale: 7-7.5

Nature of Solid: Transparent or opaque crystal

Refractive Index: 1.542 to 1.551

Birefringence: 0.008 to 0.012

Specific Gravity: 2.6-2.7

What is the most desirable color of Iolite Stone?

An iolite stone can be light to dark blue and can appear brown, yellow, grey, red and brown by reflecting the light at different angles. An ideal iolite is soft, saturated blue-violet color. The quality of Iolite decreases with a fading violet color to white or transparent. A fragile Iolite with white spots or minor cracks is considered as the worst quality of Iolite stone.

What is the price of natural Iolite?

The price of Iolite depends on the quality (color, cut, shape) and weight of the gemstone. A rich blue-violet colored Iolite free of inclusions are most valued. The Iolite gemstone price in India varies from Rs 300 per carat ($4.25 approx) to Rs 900 per carat ($12.74 approx) depending on the quality of the gemstone in India.

What are the benefits of wearing an Iolite?

Iolite stone is said to be “guidance stone” and has gained importance in the field of gemstone due to its beneficial effects.

  • Source of Inspiration and Motivation: Adorning an iolite stone helps a disoriented person by releasing energies to motivate them and organize their life. It acts as a source of inspiration for them.
  • Improve Intuitive power: Those involved in the occult, astral travel and out of the body experience should adorn Iolite to enhance intuition and perspective powers.
  • Remove Negativity: The Yin and Yang energies of Iolite shoos away the negativity in the mind of the wearer. It also removes nervousness and increases the objectivity of the wearer.
  • Boost Immunity: Iolite stimulates the chakras of the body to boost the immunity of the body.
  • Regulate Sleep Cycle: The Aura of an Iolite stone improves the sleep pattern and regulates the sleep cycle of the wearer.
  • It also enhances liver regeneration.
  • Iolite (Neeli) stone is also known as “water sapphire” and is known to be as powerful as Blue Sapphire.