“Viking’s compass” and “water sapphire” are two nicknames for the violet gem iolite. Viking navigators used thin slices of the polarized stone as a lens through which to view the sun and set their course. Today it’s a common gift for 21st wedding anniversaries. It’s found throughout the world, but especially in India, where these hoop iolite earrings are handcrafted and faceted by Jaipur jewelers. 18-karat gold vermeil.
Handcrafted in India. 18-karat gold vermeil and iolite. 1 5/8" diameter.
The color of the gold is a beautiful contrast to the blue stones. The stones are tightly packed onto the earring and so the design is more "sturdy" than I expected. I thought it would have more movement in it. The size is described accurately, but they look a little smaller in person than I anticipated. Best worn with an open neck, scarves and sweaters get caught on the stones. I was very happy they came with backings, but they are difficult to place since the hoop is curved.
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend