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Iolite Meanings and Uses - Crystal Vaults (3)Introduction to the Meaning and Uses of Iolite

Like a crisp, dark winter sky, Iolite, in shifting shades of violet-blue carries the spirit of journey, of dreams and intuition, of exploration and illumination. It is known as the Vikings’ Compass, and provides the vision to move us, physically and spiritually, from one realm to the next.

Leif Eriksson and other Viking explorers who ventured far out into the Atlantic Ocean, away from any coastline that would help determine position, used thin pieces of Iolite as the world’s first polarizing filter. Looking through an Iolite lens, they could determine the exact location of the sun and navigate safely to the New World and back. [ICGA]

A property called pleochroism is very pronounced in Iolite, producing different colors when the stone is seen through different positions. Overall, Iolite appears as violet-blue or indigo, but in different positions may shift to a yellow-gray or honey color, and even to a clear light blue. It is also referred to as “Water Sapphire” or Dichroite. Iolite’s name comes from the Greek ios, meaning violet, and is the gem version of the mineral Cordierite.

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Iolite helps in recovering balance, and is recommended for those suffering from disorientation, lack of motivation, chronic disorganization, and distraction. [Megemont, 96] It strengthens the resolve to take on responsibility and carry through, and provides self-assurance and endurance in adverse situations. [Gienger, 32] It is an excellent source of energy when used for the elimination of debt and the responsible management of money. [Melody, 336]

Iolite restores a sense of perspective to those who feel they are jinxed, and inspires anyone with a chaotic life to start to bring order in small practical ways. [Eason, 377]

Iolite resonates with the energy of twilight, a beautiful violet-blue that stimulates the astral bodies and psychic awareness. It reveals realms beyond the usual waking consciousness and is ideal for astral projection, dimensional and other inner vision works, and is excellent for past- and alternate-life work. [Ahsian, 207]

Iolite is a stone of the muses, activating the visionary, creative side of the mind, and accessing thoughts and ideas beyond the ordinary. It inspires creative self-expression through writing, song, movement and other artistic endeavors. [Ahsian, 207]

Use Iolite to strengthen family dilemmas. Place in the living area if sibling rivalry or the presence of a new step-parent is causing a child to feel excluded. Use Iolite if family members have over-high expectations of you, or if your career path was chosen for you because of family connections. As an amulet, Iolite brings travelers safely home. Give a piece of Iolite jewelry or a tumblestone as a farewell gift to students leaving home or emigrating family members. [Eason, 377]

Iolite aids in understanding and releasing the causes of addiction, allowing for the expression of one’s true self, freed from the expectations of others. [Hall, 147]

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Iolite Healing Therapies – Overview

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Iolite is credited with supporting a stronger than normal constitution and is said to enable one to consume alcohol without exhibiting the effects, promotes detoxification, and improves degenerated conditions of the liver. It also reduces fatty deposits in the body. [Melody, 336][Hall, 148]

Iolite is used in regulating digestion, and enhances hair and nail growth. [Megemont, 96]

Iolite strengthens the nerves, helps with paralysis and numb limbs, and tolerating pain. [Gienger, 32] It has been used to treat malaria and other fever-producing disorders. [Melody, 336]

Iolite may assist in healing of the eyes, migraines and headaches, disorientation and dizziness, and Meniere’s disease. It also stimulates memory, and prevents insomnia, nightmares or sleep disturbances. [Eason, 377][Ahsian, 207]

Iolite Meanings and Uses - Crystal Vaults (8)Iolite Emotional Healing Energy

Iolite examines the inner path of the deep self. It assists in letting go of the belief that one needs to control inner experiences, and dissolves fear of the unknown or suppressed parts of the psyche. It increases the capacity to move forward, and allows for the understanding that the examination of one’s wounds is the most direct path to healing. It is a stone of inner treasure, helping to uncover the lost parts of oneself, and in receiving the peace one’s spiritual journey brings. [Simmons, 206]

When in the midst of adversity, Iolite helps to provide solutions to seemingly insurmountable problems. It promotes a calm, positive state of mind, instills hope, and assists in decisions on how to proceed. It gives the emotional distance needed for a clearer perspective. [Ahsian, 207]

Iolite balances the male/female aspects of one’s character and brings harmony within the self. By taking responsibility for one’s own life and happiness, it releases discord from relationships and helps overcome codependency within close partnerships. [Melody, 335][Hall, 148]

Iolite Chakra Healing and Balancing Energy

Iolite carries a violet-blue energy that activates and clears the Third Eye, opening communication and awareness from higher vibratory realms. [Ahsian, 207]

The Brow Chakra, also called the Third Eye, is the center of our perception and command. It directs our sight and everyday awareness of the world. Our consciousness is located here, and we relate to ourselves through this chakra.
It balances the important and the unimportant, sorting meaning from data and impressions. It commands the energy flow within the body. When the brow chakra is in balance we see clearly and understand what we see. We can interpret visual cues and our perception is high. Our thoughts and internal communications within ourselves are healthy and vibrant. We are open to new ideas, dreams, and visions. We can be quietly observant, and reflective. We can control the flow of energy within all the chakras. The dark blue/purple crystals of indigo are used to treat imbalances of the brow chakra. This is the color of an empty sky, of solitude and reflection. It is a quiet color, one of mystery and wisdom and judgment.

Iolite may also link with, or stimulate, the Crown Chakra, located at the top of the head. It is our gateway to the expanded universe beyond our bodies, and controls how we think and how we respond to the world around us. It is the fountainhead of our beliefs and the source of our spirituality.

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olite is an excellent crystal for shamanic journeying, increasing the vividness and detail of inner visions, and bringing forward the symbols locked within the psyche that would illuminate the issues one must face for continued growth. It strengthens the resonant link between the mind and the heart. [Simmons, 206-207]

In shamanic healing ceremonies, Iolite has been used to influence the spirits. The Iolite ring of the shaman is worn to insure accuracy within the vision, and to provide powerful medicinal benefits. [Melody, 335]

Wearing Iolite helps awakens and sustains one’s psychic gifts, making it the perfect stone for astrologers, tarot readers, mediums and other intuitives. It is highly beneficial for those attempting to access information from past lives, especially those associated with the Cathars, the Knights Templar and the Arthurian legends. [Simmons, 207]

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As the “violet stone,” Iolite is one of the major crystals used in the Third Eye/Crown areas during healing, guided meditations, and during astral travel. Its positioning produces different outcomes and success levels, and should be determined using one’s intuition capabilities. Iolite produces an electrical charge when in contact with one’s auric field, and both strengthens and aligns with the subtle bodies. [Melody, 335]

[Ahsian, 420]

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Iolite Color Energy

Violet Iolite takes on the darker hue of winter’s majesty, the time just after the winter solstice. It inspires awe, and invites a feeling of mystery and magic, nobility and luxury. It is one of the most powerful rays in nature, helping us interpret our dreams and inspiring us to great deeds and accomplishments. Dark violet crystals are dream talismans, providing insight and giving us a window to the soul beyond ordinary understanding.

Indigo Iolite combines the intuition of the violet ray with the trust of the pure blue ray. It brings wisdom, truth, dignity and spiritual mastery. A stone of judgment and long life, it promotes introspection and can result in profound wisdom when used well. Dark indigo Iolite provides honesty and is especially good for religious and spiritual journeys, while light indigo Iolite connects us to the natural world and improves our appreciation of others.

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Meditation with Iolite

By calming the overactive mind, Iolite aids in reaching a focused state of meditation. It opens the visionary centers, allowing for conscious communication with other realms and their inhabitants. [Ahsian, 207]

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Iolite Divination

The Divinatory meaning of Iolite: An alternative viewpoint you have always rejected suddenly makes sense. [Eason, 377]

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Iolite and the Angelic Realm

If your birthday falls in any of the following periods, an Iolite of the color listed can be a valuable conduit to your Guardian Angel. The table also provides the name of the Guardian Angel of those born in the time period.

DateCrystal ColorName of Guardian Angel
March 1-5Dk. IndigoRochel
March 6-10Dk. IndigoGabamiah (Jabamiah)
March 26-30Lt. IndigoJelial
April 10-14IndigoMahasiah
May 21-25Lt. IndigoIezalel
July 2-6IndigoNelchael (Nelakhel)
September 18-23VioletMenadel
October 9-13IndigoIeiazel (Ihiazel)
October 24-28Lt. IndigoVeualiah (Vevaliah)
December 13-16IndigoNanael

There are other Angels that are partial to Iolite. The table below gives you the information about them.

PurposeCrystal ColorName of Angel
Angel of TruthDk. IndigoAmitiel
Protector and Ruler of the dates March 6-10; Pisces.Dk. IndigoGabamiah
Angel of TreasuresDk. IndigoParasiel
Protector and Ruler of the dates March 1-5; Pisces.Dk. IndigoRochel
Master of the 4th Tarot Card “The Emperor”.Dk. IndigoSharahiel
Protector and Ruler of the dates Sept.3-7; Virgo.Dk. IndigoYehuidiah
Protector and Ruler of the dates October 9-13; Libra.IndigoIeiazel
Protector and Ruler of the dates April 10-14; Aries.IndigoMahasiah
Protector and Ruler of the dates December 13-16; Sagittarius.IndigoNanael
Protector and Ruler of the dates July 2-6; Cancer.IndigoNelchael
Master of the 5th Tarot Card “The Hierophant”. And is associated with Taurus.Lt. IndigoAsmodel
Guardian of the Fourth Mansion of the Moon; Taurus.Lt. IndigoAzariel
Guardian of the Twenty-Second Mansion of the Moon; Capricorn.Lt. IndigoGeliel
Protector and Ruler of the dates May 21-25; Gemini.Lt. IndigoIezalel
Protector and Ruler of the dates March 26-30; Aries.Lt. IndigoJelial
Ruler of the Sun.Lt. IndigoSemeliel
Protector and Ruler of the dates October 24-18; Scorpio.Lt. IndigoVeualiah
Guardian of the Twenty-Eighth Mansion of the Moon which is Pisces.VioletAmnixiel
Jeremiel helps to Heal your Emotions.VioletJeremiel
Mastema helps you Deal with Adversity.VioletMastema
Protector and Ruler of the dates Sept.18-23; Virgo.VioletMenadel
Michael is the Beauty Angel, Tree of Life. He is the Ruler of Sunday and the Sun. Michael is also the Master of the 19th Tarot Card “The Sun” and the 20th Tarot Card “Judgement”. He also helps you Heal Fear and Nervousness as well as being the ,aster of the East wind and the Angel of Sound Sleep, Repentance, and Truth.VioletMichael
Guardian of the Seventh Mansion of the Moon; Gemini.VioletScheliel
Master of the 8th Tarot Card “Strength”.VioletSheratiel

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Iolite Goddess Crystals

Iolite is helpful if you are exploring Goddess energies. [Eason, 377]

Iolite honors Athena, the Greek Goddess of War and Wisdom. She is always depicted in armor and is known as a skilled fighter and strategist, and for her superb logic and intellect.

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Violet and Indigo crystals also honor Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom and contradiction personified. She is the story of being lost then regained, the wisdom of understanding, doubting, and spiritual exploration without dogma.

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There are several ways to find an appropriate birthstone. The traditional one is listed first. These are from the popular lists that most people are familiar with. The second way is to find your natural birthstone by the color wheel of life. You can click on the Natural Birthstone graphic below to learn more. Finally many people use the traditional stones of the Zodiac.

In this section you will find information on all three approaches.

Iolite Traditional Birthstone

Iolite is not a traditional birthstone.

Iolite Natural Birthstone.

olite which is violet in color is one of the natural birthstones of those born at the time when the year is new, just after the winter solstice (December 21 – January 19). Violet crystals bring you intuition, magic, dreams, and imagination.

Iolite which is indigo in color is one of the natural birthstones of those born in midwinter (January 20 – February 18).ÂIndigo crystals are rare and valuable. They bring you wisdom, truth, dignity, and spiritual mastery.

Iolite – Zodiac Stone for Aries

There is no zodiac sign associated with this stone, though Pisces will be calmed by its lively colors, and it will help Aries to think more creatively. [Megemont, 96]

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Iolite Amulets and Talismans

Iolite is used as an amulet to guide travelers safely home. [Eason, 377]

Iolite is a Dispeller Energizer crystal. Dispeller crystal lattices act like a radiator with sharp points from which energy can flow easily outward, carrying with it the undesirable elements of your life. They are helpful talismans to relieve everyday concerns of physical, mental and spiritual problems. Dispellers are also known as Restorers. They put things right again after they are out of balance.

Energizer crystals, such as Iolite, are powerful conduit crystals for focusing and amplifying the Universal Life Force and our energy to accomplish our goals. They aid in our efforts to gain what we seek, enhance our lives, protect what we value, and defend us from undesirable elements.

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Iolite Feng Shui

Iolite utilizes Water energy, the energy of stillness, quiet strength, and purification. It embodies potentialities unrealized. It is yielding, formless, yet powerful. The Water element brings power of regeneration and rebirth. It is the energy of the circle of life. Use Iolite crystals to enhance any space that you use for repose, calm reflection, or prayer. Water energy is traditionally associated with the North area of a home or room. It is associated with the Career and Life Path area, its flowing energy assuring a balance of energy as your life unfolds and flows.

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Iolite is not a legendary stone and has no lengends (yet!)

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Footnote References

The symbols [ ] enclose the author’s name and a page number for a reference cited from the following books:

[Ahsian, pp.] Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian, The Book of Stones (Berkley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2007).

[Eason, pp. ]Cassandra Eason, The New Crystal Bible (London: Carlton Books Ltd., 2010).

[Fernie, pp.] William T. Fernie, The Occult and Curative Powers of Precious Stones (Blauvelt, NY: Rudolph Steiner Publications, 1973).

[Gienger, pp.] Michael Gienger, Healing Crystals (Scotland: Earthdancer Books, 2009).

[Hall, pp.] Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2003).

[Hall 2, pp.]Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible 2 (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2009).

[Kunz, pp.] George Frederick Kunz, The Curious Lore of Precious Stones (New York: Dover Publications, 1971).

[Megemont, pp.] Florence Megemont, The Metaphysical Book of Gems and Crystals (Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2008).

[Mella, pp.] Dorothee L. Mella, Stone Power II (Albuquerque, NM: Brotherhood of Life, Inc., 1986).

[Melody, pp.] Melody, Love Is In The Earth (Wheat Ridge, CO: Earth-Love Publishing House, 1995).

[Raphaell, pp.] Katrina Raphaell, Crystal Enlightenment (Santa Fe, NM: Aurora Press, 1985)

[Simmons, pp.] Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian, The Book of Stones (Berkley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2007).


What is the Crystal iolite used for? ›

Iolite has been used by shamans to enhance their ability to have clear visions. Some legends even say iolite strengthens eyesight. Other metaphysical beliefs hold that iolite promotes pure thoughts, intuition and self-acceptance. Iolite is associated with the zodiac signs Libra, Sagittarius and Taurus.

What is the meaning of iolite Crystal? ›

Spiritually, iolite meanings are rather significant. The stone is known as the 'Vikings' Compass' and carries the spirit of journey, dreams, intuition, exploration and illumination. Many people think of iolite as a guiding stone that helps you to move both physically and spiritually from one realm into another.

Can iolite be cleansed with water? ›

The gem's color is stable. It's important to avoid steam or ultrasound for cleaning iolite: Warm, soapy water works best.

Can I sleep with iolite? ›

Let dry on a soft cloth. Like all fine jewelry, iolite should be removed before sleeping.

How do you wear iolite? ›

How To Wear Iolite Gemstone? Minimum 1/10th of the body weight. E.g. A person weighing 60 Kgs can wear a 6-carat stone. For best astrological results, a bright medium to dark blue Neeli ratna is highly preferred.

What planet is iolite? ›

As per ancient Vedic astrology, Iolite (Neeli Ratna), is associated with the planet Saturn or Shani. It is thus also known as Shani Priya in Hindi.

Which is better amethyst or iolite? ›

If you have material goals then the best alternative for Blue Sapphire would be an Iolite. If you have spiritual goals then the best alternative to Blue Sapphire would be Amethyst.

How can you tell real iolite? ›

Despite its affordability, you may still come across Iolite 'fakes'. These will generally be colored glass, so simply look for depth of color, proper reflection of light, and hardness of the gem to identify the fake stone. Glass is much softer than Iolite, and may already be scratched – a dead give-away!

What is in iolite about? ›

"In Iolite" is a song featuring LUMi by GHOST. It is one of their "experimental" songs and their first song to originally be released in Japanese. According to them, the song is sung from the perspective of a person's future self who is speaking to themselves from the past.

Can I wear amethyst and iolite together? ›

Amethyst is a very gentle, healing and intuitive Gemstone that has an energy that can be classified as a loving and compassionate energy. If you are already wearing an Iolite then adding an Amethyst will not lead to conflict in energy patterns/overstimulation.

How much is iolite worth? ›


Sinkankas lists the wholesale value of fine blue violet stones in the 1 to 5 carat range as $60 to $80 per carat and $100 to $150 per carat for stones 5 to 10 ct.

Why is iolite called water sapphire? ›

About Iolite

Strongly pleochroic iolite has been incorrectly called “water sapphire,” as it can display a blue to violet hue in one direction and pale yellow to colorless in another.

How do you charge iolite? ›

If you want to charge your Iolite then you can place it under natural light for an hour (avoiding super-strong direct sunlight) and let nature work its magic. It's also a stone that benefits from being tumbled with other rock crystals to infuse it with higher levels of energy.

What is the meaning of iolite? ›

Iolite, ī′o-līt, n. a transparent gem which presents a violet-blue colour when looked at in a certain direction.

Is iolite effective? ›

Iolite is recommended for those who are suffering from disorientation, those who lack motivation and for chronic disorientation. It unlocks the creativity of an artist and opens a path to your inner self. It is also used in recovering information about any person's past. It is very good for healing of the eyes.

Is iolite a natural gemstone? ›

Iolite is the gem-quality blue or blue-violet variety of cordierite. While iolite enjoyed popularity in jewelry in 18th-century Europe, this naturally beautiful gemstone is relatively new to today's jewelry market, and is regaining popularity with the public.

Where is iolite found? ›

Because iolite is fairly hard it's often found in alluvial deposits. In addition to the gem gravels of Sri Lanka, iolite occurs in several areas of Africa, including Kenya and central Tanzania. Other iolite source countries include India, Brazil, and Norway.

Why do people wear neeli? ›

Since Saturn rules the nervous system, the Blue Sapphire (Neelam) gemstone helps in handling nerve related tensions, neurological disorders etc. Wearing the Blue Sapphire provides protection against theft, terror, accidents, and problems caused due to natural calamities like storms, fire etc.

What kind of stone is iolite? ›

The name iolite comes from ios, the Greek word for violet. Iolite is commonly known as "water sapphire" in its deep blue sapphire color. Like sapphire and tanzanite, its fellow blue gemstones, iolite is pleochroic- meaning it transmits light differently when viewed from different directions.

When was iolite discovered? ›

Discovery Timeline for Iolite
c. 789-1066Norway
Sri Lanka
9 more rows

Is iolite the same as sapphire? ›

Iolite is a blue pleochroic gem that has an appearance similar to sapphire and tanzanite. It can serve as an alternative stone to either of these gems and is much lower in price. Unlike sapphire and tanzanite, iolite in the gem market is not known to receive heat, irradiation, or other treatments to improve its color.

Is iolite amethyst? ›

Iolite's color range of blue, blue-violet, and violet competes for public attention with sapphire, tanzanite, and amethyst. They may have name recognition, but iolite has a rich, unique color and great gem value on its side. It is more subtlety nuanced than amethyst and deeper than many tanzanites.

What color is an iolite stone? ›

Iolite possesses two distinctive features—a beautiful, violetish blue through slightly violetish blue hue derived from iron and a striking, eye-visible pleochroism. Its pleochroic colors differ with its bodycolor. Iolites that appear violet display light violet, dark violet, and yellow-brown pleochroic colors.

What is in iolite about? ›

"In Iolite" is a song featuring LUMi by GHOST. It is one of their "experimental" songs and their first song to originally be released in Japanese. According to them, the song is sung from the perspective of a person's future self who is speaking to themselves from the past.

Is iolite rare? ›

Carat Weight

Fine-quality faceted iolites over five carats are relatively rare in the market.

How can you tell real iolite? ›

Despite its affordability, you may still come across Iolite 'fakes'. These will generally be colored glass, so simply look for depth of color, proper reflection of light, and hardness of the gem to identify the fake stone. Glass is much softer than Iolite, and may already be scratched – a dead give-away!

Is iolite expensive? ›

Iolites between 1-5 carats is ideal for jewelry and because iolite is an inexpensive stone, the prices will often be affordable. Extra fine stones of 1 to 5 carats may cost upwards of $60 per carat. Larger stones from 5 to 10 carats will be more expensive, costing about $100 to $150 per carat.


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