Rounded sodalite cabochon highly polished and mounted as a ladies pendant in timeless sterling silver. Sodalite is sometimes mistaken for the blue metamorphic rock best known as lapis lazuli because of the similarity in colour but the two materials are actually very different. Apart from lapis lazuli being a rock because it's made up of several different minerals and sodalite being a mineral because it's made up of crystals, sodalite is never included with iron pyrite and it's also a much lighter weight stone. It's not unknown for sodalite to be used as fake lapis lazuli not only because their colours are similar but also because it's more readily available and cheaper.
Ontario, British Columbia, Maine in the USA and Brazil have the largest deposits of sodalite hence these locations are also the world's largest suppliers. Smaller quantities can 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 give the stone a particularly 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 by any means so if you're not looking for perfection in an accessory that has been made entirely by hand and love a bargain, this sodalite pendant may well fit the bill. 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