Iolite, also known as Neeli or Kakaneeli is a semi-precious gemstone belonging to the Cordierite mineral family. They exhibit brownish blue to a violet-bluish color and possess an exquisite visual property called pleochroism, an optical phenomenon in which a substance has different colors when observed at different angles, especially with polarized light. The Iolite gemstone or Neeli is used as an astrological substitute of Blue Sapphire (Neelam), and is worn to achieve success in career, financial stability and mental strength. It is considered as beneficial for planet saturn.
As mentioned in Vedic astrology, Iolite is the best substitute or upratna of Blue Sapphire gemstone (Neelam) and is believed to ward off the ill effects of the planet Saturn. This substitute is said to have some great metaphysical and curable features that help people suffering from mental problems, loss of will power, disorientation and lack of motivation in life, spondylitis, cervical problem and other neurological problems.
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