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Strands of Sodalite Gemstone Beads

Sodalite is sodium aluminum silicate with chlorine, a gemstone feldspathoid mineral in the isometric crystal system. Sodalite occurs as vein fillings in basic igneous rocks such as nepheline syenites and in silica-poor lavas and dykes. Sodalite typically occurs in massive form and ranges from blue to grey, green, yellow and pink in color and is often mottled with white veins and patches. The blue color variety of sodalite is employed as a gem material and has been nicknamed "poor man's lapis", being similar in color and appearance and sometimes confused with lazurite, lazulite and lapis lazuli.

Sodalite is named after the sodium in its chemical composition. The Canadian provinces of Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia are the most significant localities for fine sodalite. Lesser occurrences are found in Bolivia, Brazil, Burma, Greenland, Portugal, Romania, Russia and the United States.

Sodalite is most commonly presented in jewelry as cabochons, beads and carvings. While sodalite is a moderately hard material (5.5-6 Mhos hardness) it possesses characteristic cleavage planes making it a relatively fragile gemstone giving the impression of being softer. Sodalite is most suitable for earrings and necklace stones not subjected to the wear and abuse inevitably suffered in rings and bracelets. Sodalite should stored apart from other gems which may scratch it. Clean sodalite stones using warm water, mild soap and a cloth or soft brush. Do not use an ultrasonic or steam cleaner and keep sodalite out of contact with heat, acids, ammonia and other chemical or abrasive cleaners.


BeadStrand21 - Sodalite Gemstone Beads Medium Nugget - $3.65
    
Limited Stock: 6 Strands Available
BeadStrand21 - Sodalite Gemstone Beads Medium Nugget Please note the image at left may be larger than life to help show the fine details.

Strand lengths are approximately 8 inches long and each strand contains approximately 16 beads.

Average strand weight approximately 24 grams.

Baroque sodalite nuggets varying in overall size between approximately 10mm and 17mm.


BeadStrand33 - Sodalite Gemstone Beads 6mm Round - $4.65 RESERVED
Limited Stock: 0 Strands Available
BeadStrand33 - Sodalite Gemstone Beads 6mm Round Approximate Size: 6mm diameter. Please note the image at left may be larger than life to help show the fine details.

Strand lengths are approximately 16 inches long and each strand contains approximately 62 beads.

Average strand weight approximately 22 grams.

Attractive deep blue sodalite color mottled with characteristic white color streaks and patches.


BeadStrand36 - Sodalite Gemstone Beads 8mm Rondelle - $3.65
    
Limited Stock: 6 Strands Available
BeadStrand36 - Sodalite Gemstone Beads 8mm Rondelle Approximate Size: 8mm diameter x 5mm thick. Please note the image at left may be larger than life to help show the fine details.

Strand lengths are approximately 8 inches long and each strand contains approximately 40 beads.

Average strand weight approximately 19 grams.

Attractive deep blue sodalite color mottled with characteristic white color streaks and patches.

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