Iolite was used by Viking explorers as a compass. This mineral acts as a polarizing filter so looking through thin Iolite lenses they could detect where the sun was in the sky, guiding them safely to their destination.
This stone echoes the violet, blue hues of a frosty winter sky. It's name comes from the Greek ios, meaning violet.
Energetically Iolite is said to help us when we feel disorientated in life helping us gather a sense of motivation, confidence and recognition of our responsibility. Said to help us access our creative and visionary side, allows us to discover 'out of the box' ideas and allows us to express ourselves artistically.