The Mineral Sodalite
sodalite mineral picture

mineral sodalite

Widely used as a gemstone in making jewelry, the mineral Sodalite has a deep royal blue color. Large specimens of Sodalite are generally semi-transparent to transparent. It is a member of the Sodalite family along with Lazurite, Haydn and Tugtupite. Though discovered during 1811 in the Ilimaussaq intrusive complex of Greenland, it failed to gain importance as a decorative stone till 1891, when huge deposits of superior mineral got discovered in Ontario, Canada.

Chemical Formula
Na8 (Al6Si6O24) Cl2

Derivation of Name
Sodalite gets its name due to its content of sodium ("soda").

Occurrence
It naturally occurs in huge form as vein fillings in deep igneous rocks like Nepheline Syenites. It is found in the company of other minerals characteristic of under saturated environments, specifically Leucite, Natrolite And Cancrinite. Other allied minerals are Nepheline, Aegirine, Microcline, Titanian Andradite, Albite, Calcite, Sanidine, Fluorite, Baryte and Ankerite.

Gemology
Sodalite stone helps opening and development of intuitive abilities. These abilities could assist you to make healthier use of divine information, thus helping you to experience your higher self during meditation. It assists you to contact your own subconscious and helps you to have a better understanding of spirituality, recalling your dreams and could also aid lucid dreaming.

Source
There are limited numbers of worthwhile deposits of superior mineral. These include Bancroft, Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec and Ontario in Canada; Maine, Litchfield plus Magnet Cove, Arkansas, USA. The Ice River complex, close to Golden, British Columbia, also holds Sodalite. Smaller deposits of the mineral are available in South America (Bolivia and Brazil), Romania, Burma, Portugal and Russia. Hackmanite (Another of Sodalites important varieties) is mainly found in Greenland and Mont-Saint-Hilaire.

Mineralogy
Sodalite is a light, a comparatively hard, but fragile mineral. Mineralogists may classify it as a feldspathoid. Its blue color has made it well known, though it comes in other colors like green, pink, yellow or gray. It is frequently spotted with white patches or veins. Sodalite, having evenly distributed blue color, is used for styling beads and cabochons. Inferior or smaller pieces are usually used as inlays or facings.

Color
Blue, gray, white and even green

Density 
2.31 g/cm3

Mohs scale hardness
5.5-6

   
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