Iolite is a vision stone, not only of the physical eyes but of our Third Eye which is connected to our intuition. It stimulates intuitive insight, inner knowing, and a connection to oneself. It is also known as the Compass Stone or the Viking Compass Stone because it helped Vikings locate the sun on cloudy days.
Spiritual & Emotional Influence:
Iolite is beneficial for understanding attachments, addictions, and codependency. It helps you in freeing yourself from the expectations of others so you can live your life and stay true to yourself. It assists you in taking responsibility for yourself alone without taking on responsibility for others or the world’s problems.
The Physical Connection:
Iolite is thought to be good for the liver and detoxification of the body. It is thought to help prevent illness and boost the immune system. It is said to reduce fat deposits in the body and balance metabolism. It is also said to lessen the negative effects of alcohol. It is thought to help in the treatment of fevers and malaria.
The Chakras Connected to Iolite:
Third Eye Chakra.
Libra, Taurus, and Sagittarius.
Locations Found & History:
United States, Australia, Brazil, Myanmar (Burma), India, Canada, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, and Namibia. The stone has also been called the Viking Compass Stone throughout history because the Vikings used thin, polished pieces of Iolite to reduce glare and to find the sun in the sky even when it was stormy so they could know their location and find their way. The name comes from the Greek word ios which means violet. It’s also known to be the gemstone for a twenty-first wedding anniversary.
Rarity, Value & Variations:
Can be found in raw, unpolished form to have as a collectible stone. Or as a polished and cut gemstone to use in jewelry. It’s one of the readily available and affordable blue gemstones. Some of the best Iolite stones can be just as good, if not better than AAA tanzanite in their deep, violet-blue color. It’s a 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs hardness scale which makes it great for cutting into shapes for jewelry.
How to Use Iolite:
Place on the Third Eye chakra if all other chakras are aligned. You can also use this stone in meditation to gain access to inner wisdom and your truth. Also a great stone for lucid dreaming and astral travel. Use it to stimulate your imagination and creativity.