Sodalite is a pretty, earthy blue, not flashy, with veins of white and grey. Polished it usually still doesn't have a bright sheen. It's perfect for every day jewelry and it can be carved into statues and decorative pieces. Researching sodalite I found out the coolest thing, it fluoresces red in black light. Sadly, I don't get to clubs and parties much anymore, so I'll have to send some out to you to wear it out!
This denim blue stone never fails to please. Handling it gives me a feeling of happiness, well being and grounding. Accessible is the word. A sodalite piece on my display table never gets picked up, handled and loved by many passersby. Frequently, you'll find sodalite pyramids and other desk pieces to help promote inner peace at work. Like many other blue stones, it is used to promote focus and stimulate the intellect, but I find it to be more calming than the more popular clear, sparkly stones like Aquamarine and Sapphire.
Sodalite became popular in the early 20th century, when the Princess of Whales visited the mines in Ontario and fell in love with the beautiful blue stones. The Princess Mines are still open and visitors Now a days, sodalite is primarily found in Brazil, but it's also found in North America, Namibia and India.
The name of the stone comes from it's sodium content. It's a common constituent of lapis lazuli gemstones, but it's a less green and less intense blue. It is found in igneous rock. There is a variety of sodalite called Hackmanite that changes color from purple to greyish-white in sunlight. The white veins in sodalite are calcite. Commercially, sodalites are used in chemistry as a reagent.
I love to use the carved beads as focal points in bracelets and necklaces and round ones in hand malas. I wear my favorite one when I'm having a distracted day.
This page is referenced on our page The Language of Gemstones and Minerals.