Sunday’s Gem — Sodalite

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.

Thanks to crystaldictionary.com for this photo of tumbled Sodalite

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.

Sodalite bracelet with silver spacers and a heart toggle (yep, I made it!)

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!

 

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20 thoughts on “Sunday’s Gem — Sodalite

    • Thanks, Barb. I hadn’t thought I’d like a heart toggle — I feared a bracelet made with one would be forever slipping off my wrist. I was wrong. It’s sturdy, and the heart adds a nice bit of whimsy!

  1. When I got to this, I laughed: “Sodalite is said to bring truth and honesty to communications, end arguments, and blend the logical with the spiritual.” My first thought was, “Let’s box up some of these stones and ship them off to Washington — one box per Senator and Representative, and a box for every bureaucrat while we’re at it.” They all could use some, regardless of party, etc. etc. :-)

    It is beautiful. I love veined stones of any sort, but this is especially nice. The blue-black is a shade not often seen (remember when it still was in the big box of Crayolas?) but it certainly made a pretty bracelet.

    What is electromagnetic smog? Is this something I need to worry about? How would I know if I have it?

  2. Debbie, another FASCINATING gemstone post, chock-full of such interesting information!

    “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.”

    Loved that because it’s so true. Blue is the color of the throat chakra, which has to do with communication and expression of our thoughts, beliefs, and truths. Whenever I feel a loss for words in communicating something I need to express, I visualize a blue pulsating light in my throat area to clear the way. I used to also do that when I was still acting before I had to go onstage and sing, and it really helped to relax my throat.

    The bracelet you made is absolutely beautiful! Brava!

    Thanks for sharing, my friend! Really enjoyed! Have a grrrreat week!
    X

    • Ron, I so love it when you add something interesting and helpful to my gemstone posts! You’re the expert here, my friend, not me, and it’s wonderful when your actual experience and expertise can attest to the information I’ve gathered.

      I’d never thought to visualize the color needed. Usually, I just put on a bracelet or necklace and hope for the best!

      Watch out for those heavy rains. We had them over the weekend, and we sure didn’t need any more water here. Have a super week! xo

    • Why, thank you! And you’re absolutely right — it does go well with denim! Sodalite isn’t one you’d come across in a jewelry store. I think I found the stones for this bracelet at Hobby Lobby. Glad you like it!

  3. Sodalite is beautiful, and I love your bracelet with the silver spacers! Poet’s stone, you say, I may to put this one on my list too. I just ordered some Howlite beads from ebay and should get them in a few days. I’ve wanted them ever since I read your post a while back :D

  4. increases inspiration huh? I should make a full length dress from those beads… and can I borrow your beautiful bracelet? Haha. I love heats and butterflies, so that latch caught my attention.

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