In this guide, I will discuss everything you need to know about this majestic crystal. You will find here the basic information about iolite stone, its meaning, uses, and healing properties. I’ve also included important details on how to cleanse and charge the stone to keep it free from negative vibes, as well as the best crystals to pair it with. Let’s start.
Iolite is a stone used to explore the inner workings of the mind, heart, and soul. According to legends, slabs of iolite stones are used by Vikings to determine the sun’s direction, especially during overcast days. During those days, navigation is quite difficult. However, the use of iolite helps in reducing glare and knowing the direction of the sun’s polarization. Hence, iolite was called the “Vikings’ Compass” as it helps sailors determine the right way to go in the vast, unfathomable seas.
Iolite is a type of cordierite, which is a magnesium-iron aluminum cyclosilicate. In mineralogy, iolite is called cordierite; however, gem-quality stones that are often made into faceted pieces and jewelry are called iolite. “iolite” comes from the Greek word ios, which means violet.
Known for its purple and blue hues, iolite is usually compared to more famous blue gems like blue sapphire and tanzanite for its brilliance and color. This is particularly true for deep blue stones, which can be used as a more affordable alternative to sapphire and tanzanite.
In addition to that, iolite exhibits pleochroism, a phenomenon where crystals exhibit different colors when viewed from different angles. As such, iolite is also called “water sapphire” and “dichroite”, which means “two-colored rock” in Greek.
Like how it was once used to guide sailors to their destination, iolite can also be used to give directions to those who somehow feel lost. Whether that be on their life’s journey, goals, relationships, interests, passions, or anything else, iolite can offer guidance. It lends wisdom, insight, and clarity to anyone so they may be able to find their way out of a problem.
As a stone of vision, it helps one see the truths about themselves, so they may be able to let go of fear. Instead of anxiety, there will be calm and harmony. It guides and protects them during out-of-body experiences, astral travels, and lucid dreaming. It grants motivation and guidance. It helps us see beyond the veil, beyond the material and the obvious, and into the most profound wisdom of the universe.
For those who need direction in working towards a goal, iolite can also help. For artists who are lost and need creative rejuvenation, iolite can help replenish the spring of creativity to get you back on track. And for those who need clarity of thought on what they want in their lives and why everything is the way it is, iolite can give them the wisdom to help them make the right choices and forge their destinies ahead.
Furthermore, iolite gives inner strength, resilience, and endurance to push through it all, no matter how stormy the seas will be or how hard the pattering of the rain could be.
Iolite Uses and Benefits
Iolite is commonly used in jewelry. You can wear any type of iolite jewelry you prefer, but if you want it to attune to your vision, imagination, and intuition, we recommend wearing it as an earring if you can find one. Another great alternative is iolite necklaces, which position the jewelry close to the throat chakra. If you have a cabochon or a raw iolite stone instead and want to wear it wherever you go, you can place it inside a macrame holder.
Of course, if none of those are available, iolite can also be placed in your purse or pocket. You can also put it up as a house or office decor wherever you need its energies, be it in your meditation room or artist studio.
Be warned, though, that iolite might make you feel out of touch with your body and ungrounded. This is due to iolite resonating well with the higher chakras. To be safe, you can carry grounding crystals with you, like black tourmaline. I will cover this in more detail in a moment.
Crystal Health Disclaimer
While crystals have been used throughout time to heal medical and emotional ailments, the information in this blog is not to be taken as medical advice. Additionally, you should always follow the advice of medical professionals per their diagnoses. Crystal healing should only be seen as supplemental.
Iolite Physical Benefits
Iolite may be commonly used for its metaphysical properties, but it also has physical benefits as well. Some of the crystal healing properties of iolite are the following:
Iolite Emotional Benefits
Iolite isn’t only used for physical healing. There are also mental, emotional, and psychological benefits to gain in using iolite crystals. Some of them are the following:
Iolite Metaphysical Properties
With its rich purple shading, iolite is a powerful crystal for metaphysical and spiritual healing. Here are some benefits you may experience if you incorporate it into your daily life:
Iolite Meditation and Grounding
Because of the impressive metaphysical, healing, and protective powers of this beautiful violet stone, iolite is greatly used in meditation. It’s especially helpful in doing inner work, astral projections, and developing psychic powers.
The crystal has a strong connection to the third-eye chakra, like most violet-blue stones.
As such, it can be used to awaken latent psychic abilities like clairvoyance. However, do note that working on awakening your psychic gifts might not be that easy.
When working with iolite, you may experience headaches and migraines, especially near the third-eye area. This is due to iolite working and stimulating your third-eye chakra. But as you start getting used to its powers, the slight pain may subside, especially since iolite also helps in relieving headaches.
To work with iolite, meditate and place it near the third-eye chakra. Although it connects with other chakras, too, iolite works the strongest with this particular chakra, which I will explain in detail in a moment. Moreover, keep in mind that it may be best to align all your chakras first before attempting to work with iolite to stimulate your latent psychic gifts. You may feel overwhelmed by its vibrations if you aren’t ready.
As I’ve said, iolite connects strongly with the third-eye chakra. However, this mystical stone also works with other chakras, including the throat chakra, crown chakra, and soma chakra.
Types of Iolite
There aren’t many varieties of iolite. Iolite itself is already a gemstone variety of cordierite, so if there are subtypes of this crystal, they are usually differentiated due to their color and composition. Some crystals that we can think of as varieties of iolite are:
Water sapphire is the blue-colored variety of iolite and is perhaps the most well-known one. It’s been said to aid imagination. It can also help in healing and protection.
Iolite Sunstone or Sunstone Iolite is a combination of the two stones, sunstone, and iolite. This purplish-orangish stone helps us become more open to possibilities and adventure.
Brown iolite is the brown-hued iolite stone, which is said to encourage calmness, healing, and balance.
Iolite Crystal Combinations
To get the most out of iolite, you can pair it with other crystals that either enhance or balance its qualities. Good stones to pair with iolite are grounding crystals which can help you avoid being ungrounded. High-vibration crystals may also be a good fit for iolite.
Sunstone is a protective and healing crystal. It can help with enhancing intuition and inner guidance.
Tanzanite is a high-vibration crystal that helps with spiritual awakening. It also promotes intuition and enhances psychic gifts.
Sugilite helps bring calm and can help protect you against harmful entities. It may also shield you from nightmares.
Lapis Lazuli promotes creativity and mental clarity. It can also help you access past lives.
Obsidian is a grounding and protective stone that could help shield you against psychic attacks. It’s also useful in treating addictions.
Tiger’s Eye stimulates creativity and enhances focus. It can also be used to protect yourself against negative energy.
Citrine is a bright and energetic crystal that could help with your overall well-being. It also promotes creativity.
Mother of Pearl
Mother of Pearl helps promote intuition and imagination. It also helps promote abundance.
Larimar is a healing stone that could help you build self-confidence and inner strength. It also enhances intuition.
Black Tourmaline promotes grounding, calm, and mental clarity. It also enhances creativity, focus, and energy.
Charging and Cleansing
Like most crystals, iolite needs to be cleansed and charged to keep it free from negative energy. If it’s filled with negative vibrations, iolite will feel heavy energetically and it may seem not to be working. Therefore, it’s important to purify them every now and then so they can be filled with positive energy again.
Although iolite is a bit harder than other crystals and stones, having a score of 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale level of hardness, it’s only fairly tough and kind of brittle. When cleansing iolite, it’s necessary to keep it away from harsh chemicals, detergents, and cleaners that could damage it. The most advisable way to cleanse it is by using mild soap and water. Don’t submerge it in water, though.
When it comes to charging, most methods work. However, while it can be charged in natural light, avoid exposing it to sunlight for long periods of time. Keep it away from direct sunlight, too.
After cleansing and charging, keep them in a cool, dry place. This all goes for your whole gemstone jewelry collection, anyway. Make sure to keep them safe and secure in an area where they can’t be disturbed.
Here are some methods we recommend when cleansing and charging iolite:
Iolite stones are indeed captivatingly beautiful; however, that’s not all it gives. They can help you achieve a more meaningful spiritual life by helping you get attuned to your intuition and imagination.