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Known as “water sapphire,” or dichroite, “two-colored rock,” iolite is believed to have multiple healing and spiritual properties and is considered a vision stone. Iolite was believed to be able to help lost sailors find their way home and was worn by seafaring men. Iolite metaphysical beliefs suggest the gemstone can guide the lost home as well as the ability to open spiritual pathways that connect the living with the dead. Iolite has been used by shamans to enhance their ability to have clear visions. Some legends even say iolite strengthens eyesight. Iolite is named after the Greek word "ios," meaning violet. The rich purple-y to blue hues of iolite earned this gemstone the nickname of water sapphire. Only officially named in 1912, iolite still was loved and valued by cultures throughout history. Iolite is sometimes referred to as the Viking's compass. This gemstone is a light polarizer that helped Viking sailors navigate when the sun was hidden by clouds. An iolite lens enabled Vikings to determine the position of the sun even on overcast days, making it possible for them to navigate longer and further than before.