Sodalite

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Sodalite is a mineral used most often for carvings and some types of jewelry. Known for its rich, royal blue hues, sodalite is found in limited areas of the world. Frequently mottled with white veins of calcite, sodalite resembles lapis lazuli in appearance and has been mistaken for it at times. It can occur not only as blue, but also in crystals of gray, yellow, green or pink color.

Sodalite Rough
Sodalite Classification
Common Name Sodalite
Species Sodalite
Sodalite Optical Properties
Transparency Opaque-Translucent
Dispersion Strength: Moderate Fire
Refractive Index 1.483
Tolerance:(+0.004/-).004)
Optic Character NA
Optic Sign NA
Polariscope Reaction Aggregate (AGG)
Fluorescence SWUV: moderate orange, occasionally green, or yellowish white
LWUV: moderate to strong orange, occasionally yellowish white, or red
CCF Reaction may appear brownish
Pleochroism None
Sodalite Characteristic Physical Properties
Hardness 5-6
Streak White
Specific Gravity 2.150-2.400 Typical:2.250
Toughness Poor
Inclusions Sodalite usually has white calcite patches and veins. Stones lack pyrite inclusions unlike lapis.
Luster Vitreous, Greasy
Fracture Uneven, conchoidal
Cleavage Poor, in one direction
Sodalite Chemistry & Crystallography
Chemical Name chloric sodium aluminum silicate
Chemical Formula Na8Al6Si6O24Cl2
Crystal System Cubic
Chemistry Classification Silicate

Sodalite Colors

  • Orange Sodalite Orange
  • White Sodalite White
  • Pink Sodalite Pink
  • Multi-color Sodalite Multi-color
  • Black Sodalite Black
  • Blue Sodalite Blue
  • Colorless Sodalite Colorless
  • Yellow Sodalite Yellow
  • Green Sodalite Green
  • Gray Sodalite Gray

Alternate Names

Canadian Blue Stone, Hackmanite (Pink variety)

Countries of Origin

Myanmar; Afghanistan; United States of America (the); Bolivia (Plurinational State of); India; Canada; Unknown; China; Russian Federation (the); Brazil; Italy; Mexico; South Africa; Greenland

Care

Normal care in untreated stones. Avoid cleaners, chemicals, steam and ultra sonic cleaners in dyed material.

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Species/Variety

Sodalite-Single Crystal

Sodalite is a mineral used most often for carvings and some types of jewelry. Known for its rich, royal blue hues, sodalite is found in limited areas of the world. Frequently mottled with white veins of calcite, sodalite resembles lapis lazuli in appearance and has been mistaken for it at times. It can occur not only as blue, but also in crystals of gray, yellow, green or pink color.

Sodalite-Single Crystal Sodalite
Sodalite-Single Crystal Classification
Common Name Sodalite-Single Crystal
Sodalite-Single Crystal Optical Properties
Dispersion Strength: moderate fire Value: 0.018
Fluorescence LWUV: Inert to Weak Orange
Sodalite-Single Crystal Characteristic Physical properties
Inclusions Transparent sodalite sometimes has small black inclusions.
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This page was created on June 27, 2014.

This page was last edited on October 24, 2019.