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Quartz Tumblestones (Sodalitic)£0.75
Sodalite Cabochons£0.45 – £7.95
Sodalite crystal chips in a bottle£1.25
Sodalite Tumblestones£1.25 – £2.95
Appearance, Uses and History
Sodalite is often used for lower end jewellery, mostly as beads, cabochons, or carved pendants.
Blue stones can be quite difficult to find in jewellery, so you would think Sodalite might be more popular. It looks quite similar to Lapis Lazuli, so could arguably be used as a cheap replacement stone.
However, Sodalite is widely variable in colour, tone, and pattern – this means it is more likely to be used for one of a kind jewellery designs than in mass produced jewellery where a uniform look is desired.
Sodalite is often carved, typically into spheres, eggs, or other decorative objects. Tumblestones are very common, too – and make a nice contrast against white or pale stones.
The massive form of Sodalite is relatively common, so may hold little of interest to serious mineral collectors – however, the crystalline specimens are very interesting and ideal for collectors. Some collectors may also be interested in quality fluorescent specimens!
Sodalite is found around the world, including Afghanistan, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Greenland, Namibia, Norway, Russia, and the USA. Some rare specimens are crystalline and of a very high quality – typically from Afghanistan, Canada, or the USA.
Rich blue, often with white veining and spots. May have hints of green, yellow, violet.
A type of white Sodalite occurs in Syenite along the shores of Lake Superior, Michigan – where it is referred to as ‘Yooperlite’. It is highly fluorescent.
Carefully examine the specimen for brassy Pyrite flecks or chunks – Sodalite does not contain Pyrite but Lapis does.
Photos of Sodalite
Hazards and Warnings
Almost all rocks, minerals (and, frankly, almost all other substances on earth) can produce toxic dust when cutting, which can cause serious respiratory conditions including silicosis.
When cutting or polishing rocks, minerals, shells, etc, all work should be done wet to minimise the dust, and a suitable respirator or extraction system should be used.
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