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How to distinguish natural sodalite from a fake?

A mineral is a substance homogeneous in structure and composition that is part of a rock, meteorite or ore, formed in the earth’s crust or its water shell as a result of natural physical and chemical processes. Jewelry stones (both precious and semi-precious) are beautiful and rare varieties of a particular mineral. Sodalite Density It is the ratio of the mass of a substance to the volume it occupies. When comparing two objects with the same volume, the one whose density is higher will be heavier. 2,3 g/cm³ Mohs hardness A relative scale of mineral hardness, with Mohs 1 being the least hard and 10 being the hardest. The standard for the greatest hardness is a diamond with a rating of 10 on the Mohs scale. Blue, light blue, green, yellow, pink, red, gray

History of sodalite

Semi-precious sodalite has been used for several centuries as a facing material and also as an ingredient in the creation of mineral paints. Products made from sodalite are found in the settlements of Indians and Mayans. Advertising – Continued below The first mention of a mineral called “sodalite” dates back to 1811. The word “sodalite” is translated as “containing sodium” (from the English soda).

Physicochemical characteristics

Sodalite is classified as a semi-precious stone of volcanic origin. It is sodium aluminosilicate with an admixture of chlorine. Translucent sodalites are most common, and transparent sodalites are less common. They have medium hardness on the Mohs scale and low density, due to which products made from such stone are relatively light. Sodalite has a glassy or greasy luster and can also change color when heated. If the stone has changed color in this way, then the original shade can only be returned if the mineral is heated with sodium and irradiated with x-rays.

Place of Birth

Sodalite deposits are located in areas of volcanic activity: near extinct or dormant volcanoes. Sodalites are mined in many countries of the world: the USA, Brazil, Canada, Russia, as well as in European countries. Advertising – Continued below

Sodalite varieties

There are several names that are somehow associated with sodalite. The list below includes alternative names for the mineral, commercial terms, and one officially recognized variety.

Alomite

The commercial name for blue sodalite mined in Bancroft, Canada. The term was introduced in honor of the English architect and decorator Charles Allom.

Blue stone (blue stone)

Another commercial name for sodalite. The term “Canadian blue” may also be used.

Ditroite

This is the name for light and dark blue sodalites mined in Ditro (Hungary).

Hakmanit (Hackmanit)

A variety of sodalite (sometimes completely transparent), demonstrating the effects of tenebrescence (change in color as a result of irradiation) and fluorescence (glow when exposed to light). The stone is named after geologist Viktor Axel Hackman (Hackman). Under normal lighting conditions, Hackmanite can be pale, even white. However, when irradiated with ultraviolet light, the mineral glows orange (in the process), and acquires a brighter and more saturated hue (depending on the length of the UV wave). Advertising – Continued below For example, pale pink hackmanite can turn purple after irradiation, pale blue – deep blue, lilac – dark purple. A clear example of tenebrescence and fluorescence of hackmanite (sodalite) However, not all Hackmanites demonstrate the ability to change color under the influence of UV rays. So in Russia you can find stones whose shade remains the same after exposure to UV. Blue sodalite can be confused with lapis lazuli, especially because pyrite (the inclusion that shows the authenticity of lapis lazuli) is also commonly found in sodalite. The safest method of differentiation is to compare their specific gravity. Sodalite can also be confused with azurite and dumortierite. Read more:
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How to distinguish natural sodalite from a fake

Sodalite is rarely counterfeited. This is primarily due to its low price. Most often they try to pass off plastic or glass as a gem. In this case, the stone can be checked by holding it slightly over the fire. If it is plastic, then the product will begin to melt and emit a specific smell. Advertising – Continued below You can also draw a line on a dark surface with a stone. Sodalite will leave a white mark.

Healing properties

Sodalite is used not only in folk medicine, but also in traditional medicine. Thanks to its specific sorption properties, it helps alleviate the condition of people exposed to radiation. The mineral is often advised to be kept near electronic devices to neutralize harmful radiation. Lithotherapists advise acquiring sodalite to reduce nervous tension and improve the functioning of the cardiovascular system. The stone helps to equalize blood pressure and speed up recovery from diseases of the endocrine system. Sodalites are often given as gifts to children. It is believed that this mineral drives away bad dreams and improves sleep, thanks to which the child grows up healthy and full of strength. The gem is very popular among people who want to lose weight quickly. Sodalite is supposed to reduce appetite and dull the feeling of hunger. Advertising – Continued below

The magical properties of the stone

Sodalites are used to stabilize emotional states. It is believed that the mineral takes away excess emotional reactions and helps clear the mind and tune in to the waves of higher forces. Sodalites are used during meditation to harmonize all senses. Usually, unprocessed gems are chosen for such practices because their energy is closest to natural. Another feature of the stone is its ability to awaken and sharpen extrasensory abilities. Sodalite is associated with the concepts of “wisdom” and “purity”. In addition, sodalite is classified as amulets. According to historical sources, products made from this stone were popular among women. Sodalite was believed to enhance female beauty and help maintain a balance of power between home, personal desires and work.

How to care for jewelry with sodalite

Sodalite has medium hardness and is a brittle crystal. In addition, it does not tolerate the effects of caustic substances and acids. It is recommended to store the gem separately from other stones and protect it from mechanical influences that can damage the stone. Advertising – Continued below When cleaning, use only warm water with a small amount of soap or mild detergent. It is better to remove such decoration before the pool. You should also protect the mineral from prolonged exposure to sunlight. It is believed that when worn for a long time, the amulet absorbs negative energy directed at the owner. In this case, the stone may become cloudy. If this happens, it is recommended to cleanse the mineral of negativity using running water.

Who will benefit from the stone?

The stone is best suited for calm and somewhat phlegmatic people. It helps maintain this state even in critical situations. The properties of sodalite are weaker when interacting with a hot-tempered personality type. The mineral will be useful for people involved in areas where it is vital to maintain composure, regardless of the circumstances. For example, doctors, firefighters. In addition, sodalite is often recommended to be carried by businessmen and managers. Advertising – Continued below Sodalite rosary can help you find the optimal solution even in the most confusing situation. And a ring with a blue stone, according to legend, attracts the love and respect of others to the owner of the ring.

Which zodiac signs are sodalite suitable for?

Sodalite is associated with the water element. This is a symbol of life-giving moisture, a calm, full-flowing river. The mineral is under the protection of Jupiter and Venus. Sodalite is suitable for all zodiac signs due to its special energy combination. The best properties of sodalite will appear for representatives of the signs Aquarius and Virgo. Read more:
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What stones are combined with

Despite its charming appearance, the name of the stone is translated from Greek not very impressively – “sodium stone”. Let’s leave this to the conscience of mineralogists; in the ancient Inca Empire, this mineral was valued more than gold. Figurines and jewelry were made from it, and sodalite, ground into powder, was used as a rich blue mineral dye. In Europe, the gem gained popularity in the 19th century. Sodalite is considered a stone of magicians, as it enhances psychic abilities. Raw stone is suitable for meditative practices, as its energy is closer to natural forces. The mineral also helps students concentrate, enhances intuition and sharpens the mind. The healing properties of sodalite help get rid of allergies, promote wound healing and strengthen bone tissue. This mineral is believed to be able to absorb radiation and other harmful radiation. The effect of sodalite is enhanced by other minerals of the Water family: aquamarine, lapis lazuli, clear quartz. It has a close magical connection with malachite, rhodonite, rhodochrosite and corals of any shade. In general, sodalite is an unpretentious stone, and it can be combined with most stones without fear of negative effects. Some caution will only be needed with “fire” minerals.

What metals does it combine with?

Sodalite will be a powerful amulet even without a frame; you just need to carry a piece of it in your bag or pocket. In jewelry, metals belonging to Venus and Jupiter will be in harmony with this stone – copper, brass, germanium, tin and various alloys with their impurities.

If you dreamed about sodalite

Sodalite, like other stones of blue shades, in the dream tradition is associated with the immaterial world. The appearance of this mineral in a dream may mean longing for a deceased person. Or serve as a call to awaken dormant creative abilities.

How much does sodalite cost?

Sodalite belongs to the budget segment of semi-precious stones. Naturally, the cost depends on the quality of the copy. And completely transparent stones suitable for cutting (hackmanites) will cost much more. As for “ornamental quality” sodalite products, for example, the price of a small sodalite pendant can start from 300-500 Russian rubles, and the cost of a carved figurine will be from 2000 rubles.

Did you know that.

Codalite is used as a catalyst because it can exchange ions with other substances. Name of the stone sodalite comes from the English word soda – sodium and the Greek lithos – stone. Other names for the mineral: hackmanite, alomite. Sodalite is a chlorinated sodium aluminosilicate. This is a mysterious and quite rare semi-precious stone. How and where is it formed Sodalite found in alkaline igneous rocks and pegmatites, most often in granular masses. Transparent crystals of the mineral are found quite rarely and therefore they are in great demand among collectors. The most prized are purple and blue sodalite samples, which attract the eye with their rich color.
Sodalite is a rather rare stone, but despite this it often forms large deposits. Physicochemical characteristics Chemical formula – 3Na2O•3Al2O3•6SiO2•2NaCl Shine – glass Color – blue, white, pink, gray, green Transparency – transparent, translucent Hardness – 6 on the Mohs scale Density – 2,29 g / cm3 Varieties The variety containing sulfur is known as hackmanite. Place of Birth Sodalite is mined in areas of volcanic rock development, for example on the Kola Peninsula in Russia, in the Vesuvius region in Italy, as well as in mountainous areas in Portugal, Germany, Romania, India, Norway, Canada, USA, Brazil. Application and Use Today, translucent sodalites, usually blue, are used to create jewelry of all price categories; sodalites of other colors become an ornamental material for small decorative items – figurines, stands for bronze sculptures, stone balls and eggs, stone mosaic details. Sodalite is especially popular as a material for religious objects – for example, Buddhist figurines. Sodalite is also used for industrial purposes – in radio electronics and television. How to distinguish real from fake As a rule, sodalite itself is often passed off as lapis lazuli (both intentionally and out of ignorance), since it is cheaper. In beads and other inexpensive jewelry, slightly translucent sodalite is found much more often than lapis lazuli. Unlike lapis lazuli, the mineral sodalite does not contain sulfur ions and occurs in the form of an array of intergrown crystals. Sodalite has a more glassy luster and can be somewhat translucent compared to lapis lazuli (lapis lazuli is not translucent at all). Lapis lazuli is often associated with pyrite (golden colored inclusions), but sodalite is not. If there is any doubt whether a mineral is sodalite or lapis lazuli, it is better to consult an independent specialist, since lapis lazuli is valued higher and is often more expensive than sodalite. Medicinal properties Sodalite relieves diseases caused by increased radiation. In some countries, it is believed that blue minerals normalize blood pressure, regulate cardiac activity, reduce appetite and help with liver diseases. There is an opinion that beads and bracelets made from blue sodalite reduce nervous tension and relieve insomnia and nightmares. Sodalite is also useful for the prevention of eye diseases. Sodalite normalizes the functioning of the endocrine and lymphatic systems, normalizes metabolism. It has a particularly powerful effect on the thyroid gland – it treats diseases associated with it: inflammation, goiter, Graves’ disease. Sodalite neutralizes the effects of excessive solar or radioactive exposure, and when placed on a sore spot, sodalite draws out tension and discomfort and even promotes the resorption of tumors. Sodalite lowers blood and arterial pressure, regulates cardiac activity, and reduces appetite. It treats kidneys, infectious diseases, bladder and pancreas. In addition, wearing sodalite strengthens bone tissue, and daily contemplation of a product made of blue or blue stone is an excellent prevention of eye diseases. Magical properties In magic sodalite used as a tool that can develop supernatural abilities in a person. Modern practicing magicians and mediums use it for meditation. Women are advised to wear sodalite beads to become more attractive. For men, the stone helps them quickly and accurately understand difficult situations and put their thoughts in order. Talismans and amulets Sodalite – a talisman for businessmen, scientists, teachers, practicing magicians and mediums. The talisman can be a product made from this stone or a small piece of unprocessed mineral. It gives its owner the opportunity to better understand the world around him, helps to find harmony and attracts success and universal sympathy. An amulet in the form of a sodalite pendant helps its owner get rid of unjustified fears, develops intuition and helps to understand the essence of things. Sodalite – a stone of courage, it develops intelligence and prudence, strengthens will and endurance, helps to focus on the main goal and persistently move along the chosen path. If you keep a piece of blue sodalite or a rough piece of stone at home, it will become an indicator of impending danger by changing color. Sodalite helps its owner better understand the world around him, find inner harmony, and also develops intuition up to supernatural abilities. Modern mediums use it to achieve a meditative state and call it the “third eye stone.” Astrologically, sodalite is most suitable for those born from April 21 to May 21, from November 21 to 30, and also on the 12th lunar day. However, representatives of any zodiac sign can use its energy. Its influence is strongest on Thursdays and Fridays, the planetary associations are Venus and Jupiter. The choice of type of decoration with sodalite. The gem has a powerful healing effect on the spiritual and mental areas: it treats diseases caused by psychological and mental overstrain, stress, smoothes out overflowing emotions, relieves anger and fear, and removes obsessive feelings of guilt. It is used for neuroses, depression, headaches, and mental illnesses. It relaxes and calms, it is very useful for people who are sensitive and prone to self-flagellation. Beads and bracelets made of blue sodalite relieve their owner from insomnia and nightmares. History and legends History sodalite dark – in Europe sodalite first became known only in the last few centuries, and the stone was first described in literature in 1811. Neither Pliny nor Herodotus mention sodalite, and it is not in the medieval “Lapidaries” – and this despite the fact that that it was known to the ancient Incas in South America, who lined the walls and floors of houses with it, carved jewelry and sculpture from it, and extracted ultramarine blue mineral paint from sodalite powder. For some reason, the Spanish conquerors passed by sodalite – this only benefited the stone, because otherwise its already not great natural reserves would have been completely depleted by today. Best regards, Katerina (Napoleonka)

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