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Vol: 012    Date: 27 July 2005


In this section we present complete information about the iolite gemstone. This is a gorgeous gemstone with a bluish purple color and gem quality iolite looks awesome. To an inexperienced gemstone buyer, Iolite and Tanzanite might look alike but these two gemstones are quite different. Ioilite is more sturdy and durable as compared to Tanzanite but yet cheaper than Tanzanite. There is an interesting explanation to the difference in price of Tanzanite and iolite and we provide details below.

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Iolite Gemstone Information

Iolite: This gemstone is called the gemstone of the Vikings, Iolite is also very often mistaken for Tanzanite. It derives it's name from the Greek work 'ios' which means violet. Before we get into explanations and reasons for the above issues, let us look at some technical information regarding the Iolite gem stone. This gemstone is bluish violet in color, Iolite with prominent blue color tones resembles blue sapphire and in lighter blue violet shades represents the more expensive, tanzanite. Iolite gemstones are quite durable and suited for setting in jewelry with a hardness of 7 to 7.5 on the Moh's scale of hardness.

Iolite gem stone

The Iolite gemstone posesses a very important feature that is called pleochroism. This property posessed by a few other gemstones too, causes the gemstone to show different colors when viewed from different angles and sides. When viewed from one side the Iolite gemstone will show a gorgeous bluish violet color and when viewed from the other side, appears very pale colored and almost colorless. Because of this property the Iolite gemstone is difficult to cut. It needs to be cut by an expert to ensure that the gem stone shows the best color when viewed from above.
Why is Iolite referred to as the gemstone of the Vikings? There is a very interesting explanation to this and it is related to the pleochroism feature of the iolite gemstone. It is believed that the Vikings used the Iolite gemstone to help them navigate on the high seas when very far away from the coastline. Looking through the gemstone at a certain angle, the Vikings could determine the exact position of the sun and never got lost when on the high seas.

Iolite is not Tanzanite though in certain shades of colors, the gemstone could closely resemble Tanzanite. As a gemstone, Iolite is more durable than Tanzanite but is priced much lower as compared to Tanzanite. There is another interesting fact that relates to the price of Iolite and Tanzanite gemstones. Tanzanite was introduced in gemstone markets with a great amount of publicity, it was also referred to as the gemstone find of the century. This tremendous marketing campaign shot Tanzanite into the limelight and prices soon hit dizzy heights. Iolite is an equally gorgeous gemstone and if you are on a limited budget but love the color of Tanzanite, you should consider using a good quality Iolite gem stone instead.

When buying an Iolite gemstone, ensure that the gemstone is at least eye clean with no visible inclusions. As Tanzanite prices inch higher, good quality Iolite gem stones are expected to command increasing prices too. Another thing that you should pay attention to is to ensure that the best color of the Iolite gemstone is seen from the top of the gemstone. Skilled gemstone cutting is required for Iolite to exhibit it's best color as the gemstone shows different colors when viewed from different angles.

Many legends, beliefs and folklore surround the Iolite gemstone. Iolite is believed to be the gemstone of happiness and joy. It is also believed to posess Feng Shui properties that help build relationships with others. For people who believe in the special powers of gemstones, this gemstone is supposed to cure sore throat, varicose veins and various skin eruptions and blisters. We have already mentioned above, the special properties of Iolite that gave it the name of the 'gemstone of the Vikings'.

The main sources of Iolite are India, Sri Lanka, Mozambique and Brazil. Currently the gemstone is available in considerable quantities and this has resulted in Iolite having a moderate price tag. However larger sizes of good quality Iolite are beginning to show upward price trends and will therefore make good buys now.


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Wholesale Silver Jewellry: We handle numerous queries each week from buyers of wholesale silver jewellry. Very often buyers do not understand why the first piece of such sterling silver jewellry is priced quite high. There is an important issue of price point for wholesale silver jewellry that needs to be understood as this depends on the size of the order. We have compiled an exhaustive report on all the major issues involved when making or ordering wholesale silver jewellry. We cover the view points of buyers and sellers and provide you with invaluable information that could guide you to make the right decisions when shopping for wholesale sterling silver jewellry. Click Here   for the complete report on manufacturing or ordering wholesale silver jewellry.


White Sapphires: When we talk of this gemstone, white sapphire jewellry is not something that immediately comes to mind. White sapphire is not very rare in small sizes that range from 1mm to 2.5mm, however larger sizes of white sapphire gemstones are not easy to find. In many cases larger white sapphire gems would have a slight tint of pale blue or a greenish blue tone. Many jewellers and buyers consider these very slightly color tinted gems to be white sapphires too. Sapphire has a hardness of 9 on the Moh's scale of hardness and this places it second only to diamonds which have a hardness of 10. Because of their good hardness, white sapphires, are quite often used as a substitute for diamonds in jewellry designs created with diamonds. It is true that jewellry with white sapphires can never match the glitter and brightness of diamond jewellry, but for buyers on a limited budget they make a good choice and provide a high degree of durability at a modest price. Click Here   for the complete report on white sapphires and you will be impressed by the durability and versatility of this modestly priced gemstone.


The New Product Section:

[Click Image] Highend belly button jewellry from our online fine jewellry stores Click The Image For Details
In an effort to fill the void in the market for high end custom body jewellry, Kaisilver has released the first fully researched design for a belly button ring. After creating the world's first collection of high end men's rings and moving on to make the world's best rendition of the legendary Irish Claddagh ring we have now added a new dimension to body jewellry that no other jeweller can match. Full customization is provided and we can provide all gemstone options for your designs or ours.

[CLICK IMAGE] man ring with iolite gemstone from our jewellry store online Click The Image For Details
The launching of the iolite gemstone in this issue of our jewellry newsletter coincides with the release of the MAN31 ring with an awesome custom cut iolite gemstone. The ring has a majestic broad band and stunning metal weight. The etchings on the band are optional and can include etchings of your choice. Like always, you can order this ring in 14k or 18k white or yellow gold with any gemstone of your choice.

[CLICK IMAGE] Custom made at our online fine jewellry store Click The Image For Details
Adding to our exclusive collection of affordable diamond jewellry is the RG200 diamond ring. This ring has a fairly large diamond of size 4mm or 5mm and the price tag has still been kept at a modest level. Our huge selection of gemstone options will surely interest those of you who like this design but would like to use another gemstone instead of the diamond. We will continue to add more interesting designs to our range of affordable diamond jewellry so do keep coming back.


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You could shop for your jewellry at an online jewelry store like Kaisilver or walk into a jewellry store near you, in both cases you will need to value the jeweller before you value the jewellry. When you visit our jewellry online store you will get the benefit of our experience and expertise and will never be pressurised into placing an order. All jewelry is completely custom made with high end craftsmanship and handfinished to perfection. All jewellry can be ordered in 14k or 18k white or yellow gold with gemstones of your choice. 3,500 of the world's finest craftsmen and artisans work on all jewellry orders and our massive network provides us with direct and preferential access to over 200 million carats of gemstones. Our jewellry is created with equal emphasis given to style, looks and longterm durability and this is the only way that true high end jewellry can be made. Good gold weight ensures that your jewellry retains shape and does not bend and dent at the slightest excuse. All jewellry at our online store typically weighs around 50% to 60% more as compared to what others offer for similar design. This healthy weight ensures that the gemstones and diamonds are more firmly mounted and make the jewelry more sturdy and durable. You can also send in images of your favourite designs for us to custom make. Click Here for a more detailed profile of Kaisilver service and merchandise.

What Do Our Buyers Say?

......Everyone at Kaisilver, Thank you so very much for the ring you made for my wife. We received it on Friday, and she absolutely loves it. She wore it all weekend and showed it off to all of our family and friends. The ring is beautiful. Iíll be sure to look you up again the next time I need a beautiful piece of jewelry. Thank you again. Take care, and God Bless. Sincerely, Mr.Aaron McWilliams, CA, USA

Thank you for the very handsome ring which I received today. It fits perfectly and it looks great on my hand. I am very impressed with the craftsmanship of this ring, the gold has a nice high polish inside and out, the center stone is clean with great color saturation...very nicely done. Cant wait to receive my next order. Thanks again, we shall stay in touch. Mr.Rick Ugliono, USA

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