A gemstone often confused with lapis lazuli is sodalite. True, sodalite is very similar to lazurite, which makes up most of lapis lazuli. Sodalite itself may also be found in lapis lazuli. However, sodalite is an entirely different gemstone, and is a mineral of its own. What is this sodalite stone? What metaphysical properties are attached to the sodalite gemstone?
Named after its sodium content, sodalite is a royal blue mineral closely related to lazurite, which makes up most of lapis lazuli. Sodalite itself is a component mineral of a lapis lazuli rock. While also occurring in green, yellow, violet and white, the most popular variety of the gemstone is blue sodalite, which exhibits white veins or patches of calcite, and often comes with violet tint. Unlike lapis lazuli, a sodalite rock bears no pyrite inclusion. A sodalite stone is relatively hard (5.5 to 6 in the Mohs scale) yet fragile. Discovered in 1811 in Greenland, the sodalite stone became important as ornamental stone only in 1891, with the discovery of a large deposit in Ontario, Canada.
A relatively new gemstone, sodalite is attributed with the powers of blue stones in general. In particular, sodalite crystal is said to hold the metaphysical properties of lapis lazuli, though on a milder level. A sodalite stone is believed to clear the mind and banish negative energy, thereby creating inner harmony and setting positive goals for the future.
Sodalite is a birthstone for Sagittarius in Hindu astrology. Sagittarius people are highly inquisitive folk, and the sodalite gemstone supports this nature by clearing their mind and cutting through illusions. In so doing, the sodalite gem deepens the spiritual awareness most important to the Sagittarius-born folk.
While occurring mostly as massive opaque rocks, sodalite also has fine crystals. Cut into cabochon, the fine sodalite crystal makes a great pendant for rings, earrings and necklaces; while an opaque sodalite stone is usually cut into beads, and fashioned into beaded necklaces and bracelets.
The value of sodalite depends on its quality. A fine sodalite crystal suitable for fine jewelry fetches a high price. While also well appreciated in beads, excellent craftsmanship in making sodalite stones into beaded jewelry increases the value of the gemstone even more.
Do you like sodalite?
Sodalite is a royal blue gemstone sprinkled with patches of white. A sodalite crystal is believed to bring about mental and spiritual clarity. Do you like sodalite? Do you like wearing the sodalite stone in your jewelry?