The Gemstone Sodalite
Sodalite is a blue gemstone almost invariably veined with white streaks or markings. Its ideal color is an intense blue, and it comes in all shades of blue from light blue to deep royal-blue, and from grayish-blue to violet. Different shades of blue will often be present in a single gemstone. Sodalite is an opaque gemstone, though it is slightly translucent on thin edges.
5.5 - 6
2.2 - 2.3
Greasy or waxy
Sodalite is not a prevalent gemstone, and suitable material only comes from a handful of localities. Despite this, Sodalite is a fairly inexpensive and obtainable. It is very similar to the more popular Lapis Lazuli
, and may be used as a substitute for that more valuable gemstone.
Sodalite can be strongly fluorescent
, often fluorescing bright orange to red, or cream. It may also be tenebrescent
, in that its color will deepen upon exposure to ultraviolet light
. This is especially true of the purple variety Hackmanite
Sodalite is a minor gemstone and usually faceted into beads for necklaces and bracelets, with individual beads usually large in size. Tumbled
rough Sodalite is also strung and used in jewelry. Sodalite is also used for ornamental carvings such as animal carvings and small statues.
Purple, sulfur-rich variety of Sodalite, usually with a pink or purple color. Hackmanite is an uncommon gemstone and is known for its tenberescent ability.
Treatments & Enhancements
Sodalite is natural and not treated or enhanced.
The primary workable Sodalite deposits are in Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, and Canada (Ontario and British Columbia).
can appear similar to Sodalite with its intensely blue color, though it is usually associated with sparkling Pyrite
which Sodalite lacks.
Sodalite in the Rough Photos