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Jeff Davies iolite in a Daniel M ring

glitterata

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Iolite isn't very popular here, and I understand why--it can be so dark, and its pleochroism makes it behave so strangely. But I love the deep, inky blue-violet, and I find it magical the way all the color drains out when you look at it from certain angles. I hunted for a well-cut example for a long time before finding one from Jeff Davies. I asked Daniel M to set it for me in Argentium silver, to give it an art deco feel, and to emphasize the octagonal shape.

Here it is: my invisible ink ring.

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Here it is doing its invisible-ink thing where the color vanishes from certain angles:

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Mreader

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How pretty!! The octagonal setting is lovely! I have an Iolite pendant and I love it!
 

T L

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Iolite can be a beautiful stone if cut properly and it’s tone is nice.

Lovely ring.
 

MjK1

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Beautiful ring! I have a couple small iolite stones in a bracelet and I too love to see them vanish!
 

LilAlex

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And the diamond people wonder why we love these things that are so full of surprises! I love the way some colored stones -- like yours -- look different all the time.
 

peacechick

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I think iolite tends to have the limelight stolen by tanzanites, sapphires and spinels which fall in the same blue-purple spectrum. It’s lovely to see a beautiful example of it here showing its cool properties!
 

glitterata

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Thank you for the kind words, jewelry friends! Here it is in the sunlight:

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I decided I needed an iolite when I saw the Making Marvels exhibition at the Met last year, just before the pandemic shut everything down. Did any of you see it? There was a room full of jewelry borrowed from Dresden, including the Dresden Green diamond, and among them was a giant "lynx sapphire" (iolite) that blew my mind. It's the big, round blue stone set in the bottom of the hat ornament in the center of the top row here:
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Cerulean

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I actually have a soft spot for iolite.

I got an iolite pendant for a friend from DanielM, and was impressed by it's depth and moodiness.

I hunted for one afterwards and didn't really find anything that struck me. I think YOU however found a wonderful specimen and I looove the setting!
 

Niel

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We’re twins with that shank detail !

It’s beautiful
 
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