Royal blue sodalite crystals included with a splash of orange calcite. Premium grade tumbled stones, highly polished and exceptionally tactile.
Sodalite was first discovered in 1806 during the Napoleonic war when a large quantity was sent to Denmark from Greenland. Originally named because of its high sodium content, sodalite is a relatively light weight mineral yet on Mohs scale of mineral hardness it grades 5½ to 6. Despite its hardness it's also brittle which can make cutting quite difficult.
Due to the similarity in colour the bluer varieties of sodalite have been known to be sold as fake lapis lazuli because not only is it more readily available, it's also considerably cheaper. The difference in weight would make it quite easy to distinguish one stone from the other plus it's rare to find lapis that's completely void of inclusions of pyrite. Ironically along with several other minerals, sodalite is a constituent of lapis lazuli.
These fine grade sodalite crystals range in size from small to medium and as with all tumbled stones, weights and sizes do vary from piece to piece.
Empathic warriors are stones which have at some point in time sustained some kind of damage, usually a chip or fracture. With rocks and minerals having evolved over millions of years we do not believe in throwing them away. These pieces are available to buy at a significantly reduced price. Empathic warriors are not always available. More information can be found in our article on empathic warrior crystals.