£2.00 – £8.50
Sodalite mineral specimens with a rich royal blue colouration, named due to its sodium content, it is part of a family of minerals which include hauyne, nosean, and lazurite and is a well known ornamental gemstone. Very eye catching and beautiful for colectors of those wanting something striking to show, samples are available in two sizes and come supplied in a card tray with a data label.
Sodalite is a well known and often sought after mineral specimen, easily identifiable and eye catchign due to its deep, rich royal blue colouration, thus resulting in it being widley used as an ornamental gemstone as it can take a very high polish. It was discovered in 1811 in the Ilimaussaq intrusive complex in Greenland, its type locality, but quantities were small and so did not become important as an ornamental stone until 1891 when vast deposits of high grade material were discovered in Ontario, Canada. Its name reflects its sodium content and along with the minerals hauyne, nosean, and lazurite (all part of the sodalite family) is a common constituent of lapis lazul, the famous mineral which adorns the death mask of Egyptian pharoe, Tutankhamun. These particular specimens are available in two sizes only and come supplied in a card tray with an information label.