• Iolite & Amethyst Twisted Cluster Necklace


    This twisted necklace of iolite and amethyst forms part of the T's Twisted Collection.  It has been made using the ancient Japanese technique called kumihimo which means the gathering together of threads.  I have combined iolite and amethyst in this necklace to make this luxurious beaded kumihimo necklace which is finished off with a 925 sterling silver plated clasp with an extender chain.

    A little bit of history, myth and legend!


    Kumihimo is a Japanese braiding technique.  Early examples of the use of braiding can be found as far back as the Jomon period (8000-300 BC) but did not become more common place until the Nara period of Japan's history (AD 645-784) where it was a simple form of single loop braiding.  Since these times kumihimo has become an integral part to Japanese culture and has been used in a functional and decorative way to lace up a Samuri and his horses armour.  In Japan today kumihimo braids are used to tie haori, jackets, and are used for tying on obi a kimono sash.


    Iolite is steeped in history and has been called water sapphire due to its similarity to blue sapphire when cut.  It can be recognised by its strong pleochroism which is visible without equipment.  I hear you ask 'what is pleochroism?'.. well it is a property in a substance which causes it to look different colours when observed at different angles.  In iolite's case it is blue and gold.  The vikings made use of this property and thinly sliced iolite to navigate with.  They would hold the iolite up to the sky and by observing it through iolites, the Viking navigators were able to locate the exact position of the sun on overcast days. This is why iolite has been named the 'Vikings compass'.

    The myth and legend behind iolite describes it as being able to strengthen eyesight or to enhance curiosity and achievement, guiding you through spiritual growth.  

    The crystal healing properties of this gemstone are only given as background to it and are not given as confirmed advice.  The lore and mythological background of the gemstone is given for information only and is not the opinion of Toria's Trinkets.

    If you are interested in anything in the Toria's Trinkets collection but would like something made personally for you please contact me and i would be happy to sit and talk to you about your thoughts and how i can create a unique piece for you to treasure.  I have a wide variety of gemstones that i use to create my pieces and if i don't have exactly what you are looking for in my stash i will be able to obtain it in order to create your piece of jewellery.

    Your piece will come in either an organza bag or boxed.

    All items from my collections are created with love, care and attention to detail and i hope that when you receive your item you love it as much as i do.  I use 100% genuine gemstones and high quality materials.  I love what i do and hope you do too.

    love and light x