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Sodalite Slabs from Namibia
Sodalite is often used as a substitute for lapis lazuli, but 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 Brazilian Sodalite. The Moh’s hardness is 5-1/2 to 6 and it cuts easily. Polishes with cerium, aluminum or tin oxide. Hackmanite (a variety of sodalite) is sometimes present in this material and is a slight pinkish or rosy color.
Ruler is in INCHES.
Example of a Sodalite Cabochon.
Note: Not cut from material below.