Iolite (Kaka Nili)
Iolite ( काकानीली )
Iolite is a violet-blue color mineral from the Cordierite family. Iolite (also called Neeli or Kakaneeli) is associated with planet Saturn (Shani), according to Vedic astrology. It is worn as a substitute for Blue Sapphire.
- Vedic astrology prescribes Iolite for Makar (Capricorn) and Kumbh (Aquarius) rashi.
- Western astrology assigns Iolite birthstone to Virgo zodiac sign.
- It is also recommended for ascendants of the zodiacs Gemini, Virgo, Libra and Taurus.
|Carat Weight||minimum 1/10th of the wearer’s body weight (in kgs)For example: a person weighing 60 kgs can wear a 6-carat Iolite.|
|Color||bright medium to dark blue Iolite is ideal for best astrological results|
|Metal||silver is highly recommended while yellow gold is not preferred|
|Finger||middle finger of the working hand|
|Day & Time||Saturday, Morning between 5 AM - 9 AM|
|Mantra||'Om Sham Shanicharaya Namah’, ऊँ शं शनैश्चराय नमः ।|
Iolite, being associated with Saturn, benefits the wearer with professional growth. It stimulates memory, strengthens the wearer’s resolve, provides them with a sense of self-assurance and increases their endurance. It is highly helpful for those suffering from a feeling of disorientation or a lack of motivation. Iolite guides you towards your pinnacle of success.
Physically, Iolite is great for boosting the immune system and detoxifying the body. It also helps in regulating digestion, strengthening the nerves and increasing the pain threshold.
Iolite is associated with the crown chakra and strengthens a person’s intuition powers. It helps the wearer to get rid of bad addictions and negative thoughts. It also helps those suffering from insomnia.
The quality and value of any stone is evaluated on certain parameters.
Origin- Iolite gemstone is mined in Myanmar, India, Brazil, Madagascar, Norway and Sri Lanka. Amongst all these origin varieties, stones from India and Madagascar are highly sought-after for their superior quality.
Color- Iolite crystals are trichroic, which means that three different colors are seen in the same gem, depending on the angle you view it from. Most stones appear blue to violet in color but can appear to be clear, gray, or yellow when viewed from other directions. The color on the top is given the most importance. Gemstones with consistent blue-violet color on top are preferred to those with yellow or grey tints. The blue-violet color of the stones ranges from very light blue to deeper blue, usually with a beautiful purplish tinge. A valuable piece of Iolite will have a soft saturated violet-blue color whereas less valuable gems have a faded purple color.
Clarity- Iolite crystals are usually transparent to translucent. Iolite can have visible inclusions like fingerprints, minerals, metallic platelets etc. Stones with no or lesser visible inclusions are preferred to highly included stones.
Cut- Iolite displays pleochroism, meaning that it shows three distinct colors when seen from different angles, so cutting an Iolite stone becomes tricky. Ideally, Iolite is cut in a manner that the gemstone looks consistently blue-violet and without any yellow tints when viewed from the top.