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18thC Antique 6ct Iolite 14ktGF Medieval Shamanic Amulet Prophecy Astral Travel #61131

Cost: $ 299.99

Two Antique Eighteenth Century Genuine Natural Russian Violet-Blue Iolite Semi-Precious Gemstone Cabochon Ovals. Mounted into contemporary high quality 14kt gold fill studs.

CLASSIFICATION: Hand Polished Blue-Violet Iolite Cabochon.

ORIGIN: Russia. 18th Century.

SIZE: Length: 10mm. Width: 8mm. Depth (Thickness): 5mm. All measurements approximate.

WEIGHT: Approximately 5.95 carats (the pair).

NOTE: 14kt solid gold settings and other setting styles (frrench hooks, lever backs, euro clicks, kidney wires, ball/stud dangles, etc., are available upon request.

NOTE: If you would like only the gemstones, and not the settings, we can dismount the gemstones and offer you the gemstones without the settings. Just let us know, and yes, we’ll discount the price by the cost of the settings.

During the Middle Ages there exist accounts that Iolite was used by shamans, mystics, seers, witches and wizards to help achieve a deep trance state, stimulate visions, and stimulate astral travel. In some Medieval cultures Iolite was held sacred to the Mother Goddess, and in other Medieval cultures it was held to be sacred to the Father God or King of Gods (especially the Roman deity Jupiter). Iolite was also used by Norse and Viking explorers as a navigational aid, as a properly oriented stone would change color in relation to the direction of sunlight, allowing for crude navigation in the fog-enshrouded northern Atlantic waters where the direction of the sun was otherwise impossible to discern. Here are two absolutely gorgeous, richly colored deep blue iolite gemstones from Siberia.

These two exceptional gemstones were hand ccrafted by an 18th century Russian artisan, part of an heritage renown for the production of the elaborate gemstones and jewelry of the Czars of Medieval, Renaissance, and Victorian Russia. The artisan's labor yielded these beautiful oval cabochons.  These lustrous semi-precious gemstone possesses a rich, velvety violet-blue hue. They are extremely attractive gemstones, of very special character and remarkable color and texture. Highly favored by the royal houses of Europe in the 19th century, Iolite has recently become very "hot". Ignored for centuries by Europe and America, it is now recognized as a truly stunning and beautiful gemstone, possessing rich, exceptional blue to violet hues which made iolite one of the most valuable possessions in the ancient Viking world. 

We only have a handful of these gemstones, and they are truly fascinating – and much nicer in appearance than the images here would suggest.  They are nice quality iolite gemstones by 18th century standards. They are absolutely transparent, though as one can easily discern, by no means flawless. By today’s standards they are not exceptionally high quality iolite gemstones – though of course they are generous in size, remarkable in color, and historically significant. But judged by 18th century standards, these were nice, large, sumptuous, and not inexpensive gemstones. Under magnification the gemstones show the unmistakable characteristics of having been hand crafted.

The coarseness of the 18th century finish is considered appealing to most gemstone collectors, and is not considered a detriment, or detract from the value of a gemstone. These characteristics are not only expected of hand-finished gemstones, most serious collectors consider such gemstones more desirable, possessed of greater character and uniqueness when compared to today's cookie-cutter mass-produced machine-tumbled gemstones. Unlike today’s computer controlled machine produced gemstones, the cut and finish of a gemstone such as these is the legacy of an artisan who lived two centuries ago.

The earring settings are of contemporary origin. They are high quality settings manufactured by one of the USA’s leading semi-custom mount producers. They are constructed of 14kt <A HREF="http://www.csu-saaa.org/auxiliary/GoldFill.html">gold fill</A>. They are not cheap, gold electroplated earrings. It is genuine 14kt <A HREF="http://www.csu-saaa.org/auxiliary/GoldFill.html">gold fill</A>, designed to last a lifetime. It's a first-class piece of jewelry throughout. We can reset in 14kt solid gold upon request, and there are also many other setting styles available upon request. These gemstones have great luster, wonderful color and texture, and to the eye are transparent; but they are not flawless. They could not even be characterized as high quality. In fact, they are quite typical of 18th century gemstones both in quality and finish.

True, the blemishes they possess are near invisible to the naked eye under casual scrutiny, and the gemstones could be characterized, to use trade jargon, as “lightly blemished”. However magnified several times over, as they are here, you can see quite a number of minor blemishes within the gemstones, as well as occasional irregularities in the finish. But these characteristics are not only expected of hand-finished gemstones, you must also consider that two centuries ago the mining techniques even possible then, let alone in practice, did not allow the ultra deep mining operations which are so commonplace today. Two centuries ago mankind was more or less limited to surface deposits or near surface deposits of gemstones.

Higher quality gemstones which today are routinely mined from beneath hundreds of meters, even kilometers beneath the earth's surface, were simply inaccessible then. For this reason antique gemstones must be appreciated as antiques first, gemstones second. The relatively superlative quality of contemporary gemstones routinely mined from deep beneath the earth's surface today were simply not accessible two centuries ago, or at least, only rarely so. However for most, the unique nature and character of antique gemstones such as this more than makes up for the blemishes and cutting/finishing irregularities which by and large, are only visible under high magnification.

IOLITE HISTORY:  Known as the gemstone of the Vikings, Iolite is a blue-violet colored gemstone often mistaken for sapphire or tanzanite.  Unknown to classical ancient Mediterranean cultures, it was used by Norse and Viking explorers to navigate.  Mined from deposits in Norway and Greenland, this exceptional gemstone changes colors depending up the direction it is oriented,  thus allowing crude navigator even without a fix on the sun or stars, vital in the fog-enshrouded northern Atlantic waters where the direction of the sun was otherwise impossible to discern.  Iolite is usually a very richly textured purplish blue when cut properly.  Called “water sapphire” by some as it is clear from one direction, light blue from another, and from the third direction, light yellow or gray.  Its darkest blue-violet shade is seen when held 90 degrees from the sun.  It is also believed that the Vikings would use thin slices of iolite as polarizing filters, allowing them to look directly at the sun and determine its exact location in the sky.

During the Middle Ages there exist accounts that Iolite was used by shamans to help achieve a deep trance state, stimulate visions, and stimulate astral travel.  In some Medieval cultures Iolite was held sacred to the Mother Goddess, and in other Medieval cultures it was held to be sacred to the Father God or King of Gods (especially the Roman deity Jupiter).   The name iolite comes from the Greek ios, which means violet.  In the 19th century it was known as "cordierite", after a French geologist, Pierre L. Cordier, who had “(re)discovered” the gemstone for the benefit of Western Europe.  It was very popular during that century, but then drifted in obscurity.  It is presently mined in Russia,  India, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, and Brazil.  The largest iolite ever discovered is a 1714 carat nodule discovered at Palmer Canyon, Wyoming, and is known as the “Palmer Canyon Blue Star”.  However typically pieces of rough over 8 carats are quite uncommon, and gemstone quality faceted gemstones over 1 carat are likewise fairly uncommon.

Throughout the history of the ancient world, gemstones were believed capable of curing illness, possessed of valuable metaphysical properties, and to provide protection.  Found in Egypt dated 1500 B. C., the "Papyrus Ebers" offered one of most complete therapeutic manuscripts containing prescriptions using gemstones and minerals.  Gemstones were not only valued for their medicinal and protective properties, but also for educational and spiritual enhancement.   In these as well as other ancient cultures, it was believed that iolite would help balance the various aspects of the personality, especially those characteristics within an individual considered "female" and "male".  As well iolite was believed to bring harmony to interpersonal relationships, to help determine the truth, and as well to energize athletes.  Iolite was also held to help purify the body of wastes.  Iolite was also been used by mystics as an aid in bringing visions.

In the Victorian era it was believed that wearing iolite would enhance one’s ability to manage money and avoid debt.  It was also used to relieve headaches, and it was believed to enhance liver function, eliminating systemic toxicity.  Modern practitioners believe that iolite gives its wearers a better understanding of themselves and their special purpose, helping them find direction that has been missing in their lives.  It’s also believed to help wearers "let go" of feelings of helplessness and victimization related to circumstances, gently nurturing growth and maturity.  Iolite is also reputed to increase spiritual insight and help in seeing both sides of an issue more clearly.  On a more practical level, iolite is presently used in the manufacture of catalytic converters. 


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