This striking necklace features multiple strands of iolite and a sterling silver clasp.
This necklace measures 17 inches in length.
You can view other Iolite jewelry items here, or Sterling Silver items here.
Iolite is named for the greek word ios which means violet. It is sometimes called "water sapphire" because it is found in water deposits and commonly mistaken for top-grade blue sapphires.
This stone is a very pretty violet blue when viewed from one angle, but will appear transparent from another and yellowish-grey from yet another. This gem acts as a natural polarizing filter, and as such, was used by the vikings and other sea travelers to locate the suns exact position in the sky on even the most overcast of days.
Iolite is believed to enhance curiosity, stimulate visions and help the wearer deal with addictions. Iolite is found in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, India, Madagascar, Brazil and the U.S.A.
Sterling silver is a white, highly reflective precious metal composed of 925 parts of pure silver and 75 parts alloy, usually copper. Copper provides the silver with sufficient hardness and wearing qualities, as pure silver is sometimes considered too soft to be used or worn everyday.
At times, we oxidize or "antique" our finished sterling pieces to blacken the recessed areas, and then rub the rest of the piece to a high white shine. Oxidizing can give a piece of jewelry wonderful depth and rustic feel.