Geology / History

A light, relatively hard yet fragile mineral Sodalite is named after its sodium content. In mineralogy it may be classed as a feldspathoid. Well known for its rich royal blue colour, Sodalite may also be grey, yellow, green or pink & is often mottled with white veins or patches.

Although somewhat similar to lazurite & lapis lazuli, sodalite rarely contains pyrite which is a common inclusion in lapis. Its blue colour is more like traditional royal blue rather than ultramarine. It is further distinguished from similar minerals by its white, rather than blue streak. Sodalite's six directions of poor cleavage may be seen as incipient cracks running through the stone. 

Sodalite’s rich royal blue is widely enjoyed as an ornamental gemstone. Although massive sodalite samples are opaque, crystals are usually transparent to translucent. Discovered in 1811 in the Ilimaussaq intrusive complex in Greenland, sodalite did not become important as an ornamental stone until 1891 when vast deposits of fine material were discovered in Ontario, Canada.

Metaphysical Properties

Wear around neck to help release tension. Helps to vocalise thoughts & needs.  Resonates with the throat charka.  Unites logic with intuition.  Stimulates pineal gland & third eye.  Installs a drive for truth so you can remain true to self & stand up for your beliefs. 

It cleans electromagnetic pollution caused by computers etc.  Brings harmony, trust & purpose.  Eliminates mental confusion, calms the mind, allowing old mental conditioning to go, leaving space for new insights.  Calms panic attacks releases negative emotions of guilt, fear & control issues. 

Crystal Healing

Balances metabolism, calcium deficiencies, cleanses lymphatic glands, boosting immune system.  Helpful for all throat conditions, digestive disorders. Cools fevers, lowers blood pressure.

Mineralogy

Group: Tectosilicates without zeolitic H2O

Crystal System: Cubic

Composition: Na8(Al6Si6O24)Cl2

Form/Habit: Massive; rarely as dodecahedra

Hardness: 5.5-6

Cleavage: Poor

Fracture: Conchoidal to uneven

Lustre: Dull vitreous to greasy

Streak: White

Specific Gravity: 2.27-2.33

Transparency: Transparent to translucent

R.I: 1.483 - 1.487

Fluorescence: Bright red-orange

Colour: Non Tenebrescent variety: Rich royal blue, green, yellow, violet, white veining common

Tenebrescent (reversible photochromism) variety (Hackmanite): pink fading to white