Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Sodalite ~

Sodalite is distinguished from lapis lazuli by its characteristic white steaks, and is royal blue rather than the more purplish blue of the latter. 

Not everyone one would expect to know the difference actually does know.  A jeweller I knew mistook one for lapis lazuli.  

Sodalite fractures fairly easily, so should be handled with care.  Having said that it takes a high polish and is a very pleasing stone to wear.

Look at this glorious globe:  There can be no mistaking the distinctive markings here!

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