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Gem Treasures® 14K Gold 1.04ctw Pear Shaped Iolite & Diamond Ring - 127-836


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127-836 - Gem Treasures® 14K Gold 1.04ctw Pear Shaped Iolite & Diamond Ring
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Gem Treasures® 14K Gold 1.04ctw Pear Shaped Iolite & Diamond Ring

Perfectly regal with never ending class. Crafted from polished 14K yellow gold, this ring showcases one pear cut 8 x 6mm purple iolite in a prong setting accented by various round single cut 1mm white diamonds in pave settings haloing the centerstone and down the shank. You will love the delicate look of this ring!

The iolite weighs 0.87ct and the total diamond weight is 0.17ct (both approximate). The diamonds have a clarity grade of I2-I3 and a color grade of I-J. The ring measures 5/16"L x 3/4"W x 3/16"H.

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Part of the Gem Treasures® Collection. Made in China. All weights pertaining to diamond weights are minimum weights. Additionally, please note that many gemstones are treated to enhance their beauty. Click here for important information about gemstone enhancements and special care requirements.


Iolite    


Iolite:

Iolite gets its name from its sensational color, using the Greek words ios (violet) and lithos (stone). The stone, often referred to as water sapphire, cordierite or dichroite, was used by the Vikings as a navigational tool and came to be knows as “Vikings’ Compass.” When Viking explorers ventured far into the Atlantic Ocean, away from any coastline that could help them determine position, they were able to navigate safely by looking through iolite lenses that allowed them to find the exact position of the sun.

The property that made iolite so valuable to the Vikings was the gem’s pleochroic property, which is the display of different colors when viewed from different directions (like a modern-day polarized filter used in sunglasses). A cube cut from iolite will look violet-blue from one side, clear as water from the other and honey yellow from the top.

Pleochroism may have been helpful in navigation, but it makes a gem cutter’s job quite difficult. If iolite is not cut from exactly the right direction, its color will not show to its best advantage. When cut properly, the stone is usually a violet blue and can be obtained in sizes up to 5.00 carats relatively easily. Iolite ranks a 7.0-7.5 on the Mohs Scale and is readily available and affordable. Today, it is mined in Brazil, India, Mozambique, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. The Vikings probably mined iolite from deposits in Norway and Greenland.

Traditionally given as a 21st anniversary gift, iolite is thought to bring harmony to relationships. It is also said to balance the masculine and feminine aspects of one’s own character, bringing harmony and enabling that person to enjoy each moment. Iolite is believed to heighten psychic abilities by aiding and encouraging people along their spiritual paths. It is said to enhance curiosity and achievement, and aid in money management. Iolite is also believed to possess the power to guide lost sailors to the brilliance of the sun, so that they may find their way home.




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