Sodalite is a natural rock forming mineral and is a known member of the sodalite family along with lazurite, nosean, and hauyne. The name Sodalite is derived from the high sodium content found within these crystals and was given by Thomas Thomson. Sodalite was first discovered in 1811 in Greenland but only gained popularity when discovered in 1891 in Ontario, Canada and were used as decorations. During this time a whole new nickname was created for sodalite, which was “Princess blue.” Another nickname Sodalite is commonly known as is the “poets stone.” It was commonly mistaken for other blue mineral Lapis Lazuli, but what distinguished the two was the fact that Sodalite did not include gold-colored flecks like Lapis Lazuli does. However, in time it has been used as a substitute for Lapis Lazuli due to it being rarer and more expensive.
Sodalite comes from various parts of the world such as Brazil, Bolivia, Portugal, British Colombia, Afghanistan, Romina, Burma, Russia, Canada, United States, and Greenland. It is formed and found in igneous rocks after being crystallized from magma that is rich and high in sodium. Sodalite can only be formed naturally in cooled lava which is why it is known as a feldspathoid.
It contains a dull glass like greasy luster and can be found transparent to opaque. Sodalite comes in various shades of blue and can be accompanied with white streaks throughout. Under ultraviolet rays sodalite can glow in various colors such as an off white, yellow, and or orange. The most popular variety of Sodalite is in bead and Tumbledstone form.
In crystal belief it is said that Sodalite aids the mind by enhancing order and calmness. It is said to be able to encourage intuition, objectivity, and self-awareness. Sodalite is also believed to intensify the need for truth and induces the feeling to act logical instead of emotional.