Natural untreated stone. This is a one of kind sodalite long oval cabochon with royal blue tones polished to a glass like finish on both the front and back. It measures approximately 1.5 inches in length by .75 inches wide. It weights 72 grams.
Sodalite was first discovered in 1806 in Greenland but is found all over the world now. Sodalite is often referred to as "poor man's lapis" because of the similarity between the stones (it can be quite difficult to tell them apart). It is one of my favorite stones to cut because you so rarely find it cut well commercially. It is a 6 on the Mohs hardness scale making it more time consuming to cut well (and therefore often not touched or not done well in the mass production market), but in the hands of a patient craftsman, it's stunning.
Sodalite is sometimes called the stone of truth or the poet's stone because it is said to help the wearer reach a deeper understanding of idealism and truth; making it a natural stone for philosophers and deep thinkers. It is also said to help in the communication of big ideas.
I hand cut all my cabochons utilizing traditional methods. The top is domed with a flat polished bottom. There is an angled girdle (making it easier to set in both bezel and cold settings) and the bottom edge is lightly bezeled (making the stone less likely to chip or break if used in a bezel setting). The backs to my stones are also finished and polished allowing you to display either the back or front of the stone. My cutting style is a thick cut, high shine (to the degree the material allows).