Crystal/Gemstone Meaning/Property Guide I
Impression Stone
(aka African Blue Opal, Aqua Terra Jasper, Impression Jasper, Sea Sediment Jasper)
While this gemstone has become increasingly popular, very little is known about its origins or true composition. We do believe it is a natural stone that has been enhanced to make its surface harder. Since its properties are consistent with those of jasper, it has acquired a variety of descriptive jasper names in the marketplace. Its lovely aquamarine color and sandy brown matrix create an impressionist landscape worthy of Monet! It is a fairly soft stone (durable enough for daily wear, but we wouldn't recommend tumbling it with steel shot).

Iolite
(aka Cordierite, Dichroite, Spanish Lazulite, Vikings' Compass, Water Sapphire)
The name iolite comes from the Greek ios ("violet"). This blue silicate mineral occurs as crystals or grains in igneous rocks, only as a result of magma contamination by aluminous sediment. It is sometimes called "water sapphire" because it is found in water deposits and commonly mistaken for top-grade blue sapphires. Most of our iolite beads are cut in India, so irregularities in shape, size or other qualities should be expected.

One of the neatest attributes of iolite is its extreme pleochroism, or ability to change colors depending from which angle you look at it. It was this property that made iolite so valuable to the Vikings. It is commonly known as "Vikings' compass" since these legendary mariners are reported to have used thin iolite lenses to polarize the light and determine the exact position of the sun, and therefore their course, on overcast days.

Iolite is said to open one to psychic talents and expand them, and is supposed to be excellent for use on the third eye and crown chakras. It also is believed to enhance curiosity, stimulate visions and help the wearer deal with addictions, including alcoholism (it assists in detoxification as well as maintaining sobriety). Physically, iolite is used to help heal sore throats, varicose veins and blisters.

With all the money you will be attracting, you may not need this stone. Iolite works well in the elimination of debt.

Metaphysical properties include: stimulation of the third eye, enhancement of your inner knowing; helps one to eliminate debt by accepting responsibility which leads to successful management of money; has been a stone worn by Shamans in the past to insure accuracy of visions; also can aid the elimination of disharmony in relationships.