Iolite, or water sapphire, is known for its pleochromism, meaning that the same stone viewed from different angles can change colour. This Iolite is a deep hue of blue verging on violet. Iolite is also valued for clarity and intuition and is known as the Viking’s Compass for its polarizing properties valued in solar navigation and supposedly used by Leif Eriksson to cross the Atlantic.
Tibetan Turquoise varies from deep blue to green. Turquoise has been mined in Tibet and much prized by the peoples of the Himalayas for millennia. It was used as a family’s store of wealth in the form of a woman’s jewellery and was also used as a talisman, worn next to the skin, for protection against illness and evil spirits. Turquoise was given to a baby at birth to keep with them through their life and was considered the ‘sky stone’ fallen to earth, a gift from the gods. Turquoise is the traditional birthstone of December.