Sodalite 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 a slightly larger piece of jewellery, this ladies pendant has a very slim design which makes it light weight for its size and particularly comfortable to wear. Our photograph doesn't give a true reflection of quite how slim the pendant is due to the angle at which it was taken but it measures just 0.6 millimetres from the top of the cabochon to the base of the sterling silver setting.
Sodalite is graded 5 to 6 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness which means it's relatively hard so it's a great choice to use for lapidary purposes particularly gemstones. Named for its high sodium content, sodalite was first discovered in the early 1800's and due to its distinctive blue colour is often mistaken for the blue metamorphic rock known as 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.
Sodalite is often included with white or orange calcite which can create colourful and interesting patterns within the stone. It's one of only a handful of natural minerals that's used almost exclusively for ornamental purposes. Being opaque means that it's usually cut as a cabochon but the very rare transparent crystals from Mont-Saint-Hilaire in Canada are faceted and are highly sought after by collectors.
This royal blue coloured sodalite cabochon makes an eye catching piece of jewellery and is the largest sodalite pendant that we currently have in our collection.
Weight (grams): 26.2
Size (cms): 5.6 x 3.6 x 0.6