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Sodalite Gemstone

You  may  think  that  you  have  yet  to  see a  Sodalite,  however  if  you  have  a  piece  of jewellery, an ornament or gemstone globe made  of Lapis Lazuli much of its deep rich blue colour is  most  likely  to  be  attributed  to  the  mineral Sodalite.

As well as being a vivid opaque blue gemstone, Sodalite is also the name given to the family  of gemstones which includes Hackmanite and  Lazurite.

Although the gemstone was initially discovered and documented in Greenland in 1806, it took  a further century for a sufficient quantity to be  unearthed in Ontario, Canada before it started to  become faceted and set in jewellery.

The gem receives its name from the presence  of  sodium.  It  is  sometimes  also  referred  to  as  Princess  Blue  after  Princess  Patricia  of  Connaught, who fell  so  much  in  love  with  the  gemstone whilst staying in Canada, that on her  return to the UK she had whole areas of various  rooms  in  Marlborough  House  decorated  with  Sodalite.  Today gem-quality Sodalite has been  found in Australia, Brazil, Colombia. Crystal  Healers  believe  that  the  gem  can  prove useful if you are in a state of mental  confusion and that it is good for relieving  stress.  Sodalite  is  associated  with  the  Chakras (especially the third eye) and is said  to calm emotions and instil an inner peace.

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A big-look Sodalite bracelet from the Jessica Lili collection