Finely Cut Sodalite Gemstone Pendant
Sodalite gemstone pendant crafted by hand for Stone Mania by one of a small team of talented artisans with whom we have been working for many years. Although slightly larger this rich blue coloured cabochon has been finely cut which makes it surprisingly light weight.
Sodalite grades 5 to 6 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness so it's a relatively hard stone that's easy to work with and ideal for cutting into cabochons. Named for its high sodium content it was first discovered in the early 1800's and because of its colour is often mistaken for lapis lazuli. Sodalite however is lighter in weight, less expensive and can be found in greater abundance and in far more locations around the world.
Stones included with white or orange calcite can be exceptionally colourful and further add to its popularity as a gemstone. Tumbled stones are widely used in alternative therapies such as crystal healing and the very finest grade which comes from Mont-Saint-Hilaire in Canada is highly sought after by collectors. Stones are usually translucent to transparent and when used in jewellery tend to be faceted.
Blue coloured gemstones have always been popular for use in ladies jewellery but sodalite is relatively unknown when compared to varieties such as sapphire, turquoise, kyanite, iolite and lapis lazuli to name just a few.
Weight (grams) : 26.2
Size (cms) : 5.6 x 3.6 x 0.6