Raw iolite ring with Herkimer diamond aka diamond quartz, a sterling silver zigzag ring, ring size 16,8 EU/6.5 US
An asymmetrical design ring featuring two raw gemstones in colors blue and white.
1. A pentagon-shaped raw iolite crystal appr. 8 mm large, which I cut myself and set in gallery wire.
2. 8×3 mm Herkimer diamond, raw two pointed crystal, a clear, gorgeous specimen that is naturally faceted.
The ring has a zigzag shape and is appr. 4 mm wide, though its shape is irregular.
Whimsical, unusual, a bit gothic, this ring is definitely an eyecatcher.
This handmade raw iolite ring features a diamond-shaped 10×6 mm iolite crystal. I added very little to this gorgeous creation of Mother Nature, just set it in a gallery bezel wire (999 silver) and soldered to a 2,5 mm wide ring shank.
Iolite’s name comes from the Greek ios, meaning violet, and is the gem version of the mineral Cordierite.
Check out this iolite bracelet – same stone, different style
Read about iolite here
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.
Perfect for stacking or stunning when worn alone.