An eye-popping dash of color will set you up for success. Iolite is a blue to blue-violet variety of the gem cordierite. The stone became quite popular and part of the fashion trend of 18th century Europe. In addition, the first two decades of the 1900s saw a resurgence of the employment of bold colored stones.
Now the 21st century version with an 18k rose gold top and 14k rose gold shank is vying for attention with colored gems. Here a natural iolite of an estimated 5.1 carats plays hue changing games with s wondrous deep lavender hue. This stone has an unusual optical property, that of pleochroism, in which dependent upon the angle, iolite can appear to be different colors. The phenomenon is very strong for iolite and with a halo of twenty (20) old European cut diamonds of an estimated .60 carats total (I-J color; SI1-2 clarity) surrounding the oval faceted gem, surprises are in store.