Sodalite is a mineral composed of sodium aluminium silicate. It gets its name from its sodium content. Sodalite was first discovered in Greenland in 1806 and it was later used as an ornamental stone when large deposits of gem quality material were found in Ontario, Canada.
While the Sodalite used as a gemstone for jewellery is typically a deep blue colour, sodalite can also be grey, yellow, or pink. Sodalite often has white veins or patches running through it and these are composed of calcite. Sodalite can often be mistaken for Lapis Lazuli however Lapis has a higher density and is a rock as opposed to a mineral.
Sodalite is found in Brazil, Greenland, India, Canada, Namibia, Russia and the USA.
Throughout history it was believed that Sodalite improved creativity. This led to a high use among writers and artists. It is also said to be an ideal gemstone for athletes as it is believed to add to endurance and willpower.
Pictured above is my Trizantine Blues Necklace featuring sodalite beads. Below are some more examples of sodalite jewelry from some members of the Jewelry on Etsy team: