Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein
Not discovered until 1806, Sodalite really isn’t a gemstone at all. It’s typically a rich blue mineral stone named from the Greek for “salt stone” because of its sodium content.
Sodalite also appears in gray, purple, orange, or yellow — often with white veining from traces of calcite.
Relatively soft at 5.5 to 6 on the Mohs scale of hardness, Sodalite is found more often at craft shows than in commercial jewelry stores. It’s often cut into beads for necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, and it’s versatile enough to wear solo or with other stones (particularly white ones).
Originally discovered in Greenland, Sodalite today has been found in Brazil, India, Russia, Namibia, and the U.S.
Sodalite is said to bring truth and honesty to communications, end arguments, and blend the logical with the spiritual. It’s believed to aid in self-worth and acceptance and help the wearer achieve emotional balance.
Metaphysical healers associate Sodalite with the throat chakra (creativity and self-expression) and the third eye chakra (intuition and foresight).
Often called the “poet’s stone,” Sodalite is outstanding for writers and other creatives, bridging the conscious and the sub-conscious, increasing inspiration, and helping one stand up for one’s beliefs.
Athletes also can benefit from its boost to endurance and motivation.
Feng Shui practitioners see Sodalite as a supplier of water energy, affecting one’s career path and life in general. They advise placing Sodalite in the northern area of a room or home to encourage forward momentum toward one’s goals.
Healers say Sodalite helps with throat problems, boosts the immune system, reduces insomnia, and controls blood pressure. It’s also excellent for easing panic attacks and anxiety.
Besides wearing or carrying Sodalite, you can meditate holding it or place it on your desk to reduce electromagnetic smog.
Sodalite is a nontraditional birthstone for those born under the sign of Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21).
Avoid exposing Sodalite to harsh chemicals such as bleach. Remove Sodalite jewelry before exercising, playing sports, or doing household chores. Clean it in warm soapy water and store it separate from other jewelry pieces.
Note: The claims here aren’t meant to take the place of medical advice. They’re based on folklore and other sources, and likely “work” best if one’s belief is strong enough!