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Sodalite is a member of the sodalite group with hauyne, nosean, lazurite and tugtupite. It was first discovered in Greenland, but later also found in Canada.
It is well known for its blue color but sodalite may also be grey, yellow, green, or pink and is often mottled with white veins or patches. It is sometimes referred to as "poor man's lapis" due to its similar color and the fact that it is much less expensive. Sodalite can contain white calcite inclusions like lapis, however, you can distinguish them by sodalite’s lack of pyrite inclusions. Most sodalite will fluoresce orange under ultraviolet light.
Sodalites are tough but scratch easily due to their lower hardness rating of 5.5 - 6. Other popular jewelry stones, like quartz and agate, will scratch them. Store your sodalite jewelry separately from other pieces to avoid scratches. Use protective settings for ring wear, necklace and earring use should pose fewer risks. Clean these gems only with a soft brush, mild detergent, and warm water. Heating them can cause them to lose color.
Sodalite point, rough on the bottom, polished on the top