I hand cut this lovely shield shaped BEAD which measures 71x38mm and is 11mm thick with a 2.5mm side drill hole. It has a polished finish all over, with nicely rounded edges. The stone shows some of the optical effects of schiller, aventurescence, chatoyancy, and iris effects. I carefully oriented this piece when I cut it and multiple optical phenomena are apparent. I bought ALL of this rough material that I found available in Tucson this year, which came out to about 7 pounds. That was ALL of the material I saw at all of the shows I went to! There is VERY LITTLE of this material available! Compare with other "sunstone iolite" pieces on eBay!
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Pictures don't do it justice! If you'd like to see a short video of it moving under the light, just message me and I'll make one!
I have heard some call this material "Bloodshot Iolite". It is a rare and unusual variety of iolite, the gemstone variety of cordierite, which is a magnesium aluminum silicate. This unique variation of iolite has inclusions of small flat platelets of reddish hematite or goethite. This creates the optical phenomena of adventurescence throughout the stone. It is the same mineral and optical effect found in feldspars that are sunstones, so this is also accurately referred to as "sunstone in iolite". Iolite is noted for it's pleasing blue color and is often mistaken for sapphire or tanzanite, which are both much more expensive. Most iolite has inclusions and in these stones that I have cut the internal inclusions also create "iris effect" which are little refracted rainbows within the stone. I have never seen ANY of this rough available before my trip to the World's gem & mineral trade shows in Tucson in February of 2009. I saw ONE dealer who had this rough and that first year I bought his 8 nicest pieces, which yielded only 12 to 15 pieces that sold very quickly. Last year, in 2010, I bought only ONE small piece of rough from him. This year, in 2011, I bought ALL that he had, which totaled 7 pounds. That is all I have EVER seen of the rough and if you look around you won't find any other loose beads or custom cut cabs out of this material.
This stone will have the properties of BOTH iolite and sunstone. Here are some of the mystical and healing properties of iolite that I found on the internet,
"As it's soft and gentle nature, iolite is used to help us connect with our souls. It will help us to understand who we are and why we are on the planet at this particular time...use this stone for guidance in difficult areas of your life. What is most unique about working with Iolite is the sense of protection you feel whilst delving into the deepest levels of your self, the comfort and calm it affords you. Iolite gives unconditionally, allow the positive energies of this stone to come into your life. Iolite is one of the best stones to use in psychic, healing, and spiritual activities. It can open one to psychic talents and expand them as well. Iolite is very helpful when dealing with addictions, including alcoholism. It assists in detoxification as well as maintaining sobriety. As well, Iolite is also said to help build relationships whether they be new or old. In the physical realm, iolite is used to help heal sore throat, varicose veins, and blisters, it is also told to aid in diminishing headaches and strengthen the entire system, promoting health on all levels. Iolite is considered a very strong "Shaman" stone, and can stimulate visions."
Here are some of the mystical and healing properties of sunstone that I found on the internet,
"Sunstone has a very positive effect on one's psyche, it promotes good humor, cheerfulness and an even temper. It may provide the necessary stamina and energy to undertake projects and tasks that one may find daunting. It offers self confidence and helps its wearer to discover her own nature and live accordingly. It assists its wearer in maintaining a positive attitude towards her own life and to use inherent strengths while still allowing the sunny side of the personality raise to the forefront. Keep Sunstone with you at all times if you have difficulty saying "no" to people, and you continually make sacrifices for others. Sunstone will detach your feelings of being discriminated against, disadvantaged or abandoned; it will remove inhibitions and hang up, reversing feelings of failure. It will increase feelings of self-worth, and confidence encouraging optimism and enthusiasm. It will switch all feelings to a positive take on any event. Even the most incorrigible pessimist will respond to Sunstone. Sunstone enables and enhances it's wearer with self healing powers. It stimulates the vegetative, autonomic nervous system and enhances the harmonious functioning of all the body's organs. It is quite helpful in cases of exhaustion due to lack of sleep. It will treat chronic sore throats and relieves the pain of stomach ulcers. It is quite successful on Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD), it is also known to relieve cartilage problems, rheumatism and general aches and pains. Sunstone will lift depression and free it's wearer from feelings of discrimination and failure as well as images of an 'evil world'. Sunstone easily increases a sense of self-esteem as well as self-worth. Sunstone is particularly beneficial when used in the sun, sunshine, or sunlight."