If you are looking for that ‘something blue’, then look no further than super Sodalite! Let’s take a closer look at a gemstone that is often overlooked for more glamorous options. We happen to think that Sodalite is a superb example of Mother Earth at her very best.

Appearance

One of the most interesting and unique blue gemstones is undoubtedly Sodalite! Its name is derived from the high sodium content inside the crystal. Sodalite is primarily royal blue (interspersed with white Calcium) but can sometimes be found in white, yellow, red, or green! Sodalite is sometimes called ‘Princess Blue’ due to a royal visit to Canada coinciding with a large deposit discovery in Ontario. You could say it is part of gemstone royalty!

Found

Significant deposits of Sodalite are restricted to only a few locations: Ontario and Quebec, in Canada and Maine and Arkansas in the US. Smaller deposits are found in Brazil, Bolivia, Portugal, Romania, Myanmar, Tasmania, Australia, and Russia. Transparent crystals are found in northern Namibia and the lavas of Vesuvius, Italy.

History

Sodalite was first discovered by the Europeans in 1811 who were exploring the Ilimaussaq Intrusive Complex, a large alkalic layered intrusion located on the southwest coast of Greenland. It gained importance as an ornamental stone in 1891 when a vast deposit was discovered in Ontario, Canada. Researchers became curious about the origins of Sodalite and have since discovered that the earliest known stories show that it was traded in ancient Bolivia and Peru as early as 2,500 BC.

Uses

Most Sodalite is widely used as an ornamental gemstone. The more uniformly blue material is used in jewellery-making, where it is fashioned into cabochons and beads. Lesser material is more often seen as facing or inlay in various applications.

Physical

Sodalite is a royal blue Tectosilicate mineral with the formula Na8(Al6 Si6 O24)Cl2. Most Sodalite samples are opaque, and it is rarely seen in translucent crystal form. This is because most Sodalite on the market is intertwined with white Calcite. Sodalite is a member of the Sodalite Group with Hauyne, Nosean, Lazurite and Tugtupite among the other members. The hardness of the Sodalite is 5.5 on the MOHS scale.

Metaphysical

Sodalite is said to be a stone of insight and mental enhancement, assisting in the development of one's intuition. The stone’s high vibrations help one to gain a better understanding of oneself. It is thought to able one to be in a calm and reflective state and assist in pulling out the negativity within. Sodalite pairs well with Lapis Lazuli when trying to increase one’s mental capabilities to bring about truthful insight.

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