Sodalite is often used as a substitute for lapis lazuli,
but it is a beautiful stone in its own right. Unlike some sodalite,
our material is well silicified and doesn't have the cleavage fracturing
present common in Brazilian Sodalite. The Moh's hardness is 5-1/2
to 6 and it cuts easily. Polishes with cerium, aluminum or
tin oxide. Hackmanite (a variety of sodalite) is sometimes present
in this material and is a slight pinkish or rosy color.
Example of Sodalite Cabochon.
Note: Not cut from material below.