This Sodalite rough comes from Namibia. Sodalit is often used as a substitute for Lapis Lazuli, although it is a beautiful stone in its own right. Unlike some Sodalite, our material is well silicified and doesn’t have the cleavage fracturing present common in the type that comes from Brazilian. Moh’s hardness is 5.5 to 6 and it cuts easily. Polish it with cerium, aluminum or tin oxide. Hackmanite (a variety of Sodalite) is sometimes present in this material, as a slight pinkish or rosy color.
Ruler is in INCHES.
Example of a Sodalite Cabochon.
Note: Not cut from material below.