This strand of genuine Iolite beads has:
Quantity: About 90 beads (14″ long)
Shape: Smooth nugget-y drops
Quality: This is not one of those high-quality strands of Iolite beads. As you can see, it is a run of the mill regular strand (we think) that has nice color, glossy smooth finish, with some chips & dings in some of the beads. After all, they’re not perfect, they’re stones. We think they are a great staple and we like the amorphous nugget-like shape. Add a natural element to your natural design!
Iolite is one of those fun stones that exhibits pleochroism – or a different color depending on the angle from which it’s viewed. This makes iolite really hard to take pictures of (because you can’t get very consistent color) yet, still a really cool idea! Iolite has often been called ‘water sapphire’ and Vikings’ Compass due to this pleochroic action.