Rounded sodalite cabochon highly polished and mounted as a ladies pendant in timeless sterling silver. Sodalite is sometimes mistaken for the metamorhic rock that's best known as lapis lazuli because of its rich blue colour but the two materials are actually quite different. Apart from the fact that lapis lazuli is actually a rock because it's made up of several different minerals and sodalite is a mineral because it's made up of crystals, sodalite is never included with iron pyrite and it's considerably lighter in weight. It's not unknown for sodalite to be used as fake lapis lazuli because of the similarity in colour but also because it's more readily available and more importantly, it's cheaper.
Ontario, British Columbia, Maine in the USA and Brazil are the largest desposits of sodalite and these locations are also the world's largest suppliers. Smaller quantities can also be found in Greenland, Russia, Montana and India.
The shades of blue in this polished cabochon vary from a slightly lighter shade to a rich navy blue. The splash of white colour is caused by inclusions of calcite and gives the stone a very distinctive appearance.
This sodalite pendant has been added to our Bargain Basement because there are a couple of minor indentations in the surface of the cabochon. We don't believe they spoil the beauty of this piece so if you're not looking for absolute perfection and love a bargain, this sodalite pendant may well fit the bill perfectly. Needless to say should you not be totally satisfied with your purchase, it may of course be returned for a full refund (T&C's apply).
Weight (grams): 21.3
Size (cms): 3.3 in diameter x 1.1