Spectacular sodalite sphere highly polished and boasting incredible rich blue to very slightly purple colour. This exceptional natural mineral would make a beautiful display piece and is sure to attract plenty of attention from anyone with an interest in crystals, rocks and minerals.
Sodalite may be mistaken for lapis lazuli however it's lighter in weight, less expensive and can be found in greater abundance and in far more locations around the world. Sodalite is one of only a handful of minerals which has no other purpose other than to be used for lapidary purposes. Although generally known for being opaque, the finest grade crystals are transparent however these are very rare and highly sought after by collectors. When used as a gemstone for jewellery sodalite tends to be cut as a cabochon.
Although best known for it's rich blue colour which can sometimes veer very subtly towards violet, greyish white coloured patches and veins are not uncommon in sodalite and shades of orange and black may also be seen. Named for its high sodium content, sodalite was first discovered in Greenland in the early 1800's but it was another eighty years before it became popular following the discovery of a significant deposit in Ontario, Canada.
Weight (grams): 162.2
Size (cms): 5 in diameter