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This Gemstone Came in Handy on the Vikings’ Epic Voyages

I WAS NAMED AFTER the Greek word for violet, but when a certain angle of light strikes, I can range from blue to a yellowish gray. Legend has it that Viking explorers used me on their epic ventures into the Atlantic Ocean as a polarizing filter. If they’d happened to stop by Connecticut, they could have stocked up on fresh supplies of me, although I am found in more plentiful supply in Sri Lanka, Burma, Australia, Brazil, and Madagascar.

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Chris Burslem is Group Managing Editor at SmartWork Media.

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