Sodalite Ring Information
The attractive thing about sodalite rings is their beautiful blue to violet color. Transparent sodalite gemstone rings are incredibly rare, since these sodalite gems are usually limited to the realms of gemstone collectors. These rare sodalite gems can be gray, yellow, orange, colorless or pink/violet gemstones. A special form of sodalite is tenebrescent, which is a reversible photochromism - the ability to change color when exposed to sunlight, rather like some eyeglasses that double as sunglasses. This tenebrescent sodalite is called "hackmanite" and is rarely seen in gemstone rings because of its scarcity. However, a hackmanite ring would be a phenomenal piece of jewelry to have, literally, since it would be pink or violet to begin with, then fade to almost colorless after being exposed to sunlight, and return to its original color after being placed in the dark for a while. Most sodalite rings contain blue sodalite cabochon gemstones that look a little like lapis lazuli, but without the gold flecks. In fact, sodalite rings are often confused for lapis lazuli rings. Sodalite cabochon rings often contain gems that have white veins or flecks, which may be sparse or profuse. Therefore, a sodalite ring may have a gemstone that is all blue or indigo, or one that is mostly white with some blue.
Sodalite ring history is quite scant. However, the use of sodalite as a jewelry gemstone dates back to ancient cultures such as ancient Mesoamericans, who used sodalite in beaded necklaces and other ornaments, with which elites were buried. One well-preserved sodalite beaded necklace from around 900 to 500 B.C. was made by the Chavin culture of Peru. A Moche culture, ancient Andean earring (known as an ear spool) with an intricate gold, turquoise and sodalite design from 200 to 500 A.D. was offered for sale at Sotheby's New York in 2015. A deposit of sodalite was discovered around 200 years ago in Greenland and then in Canada, the U.S., Brazil, Italy, Namibia, India, Australia and Russia. Although sodalite has been used for ornaments and jewelry for many years, important historical sodalite rings do not stand out from the pages of the history book.
Sodalite rings of the rich and famous are somewhat elusive and obscure. Sodalite rings tend to be pushed out of the spotlight by the better-known lapis lazuli, but we hope to see more sodalite jewelry gracing the red carpet at celebrity events in the near future.
Sodalite ring designs are similar to those for lapis lazuli. The blue to violet color of sodalite makes it suitable for silver ring settings; yet, the contrast with yellow gold can also be stunning in sodalite rings. This can be seen in a sodalite and 14k gold ring and ear clip set sold by Christie's for $1,140. Ancient Greek-inspired sodalite rings use yellow gold and some beautiful examples were made in the early 1970s by Greek jeweler, Ilias Lalaounis. One Lalaounis sodalite ring has a bull's head finial with three spherical sodalite gemstones and a twisted gold band. A simpler gold and sodalite ring by Lalaounis has a gold band and a single spherical sodalite gemstone. High jewelry designs place white gemstone halos around sodalite, or less conventional green gemstone accents. For men, sodalite ring designs include signet rings and inlay rings. A modern, octagonal sodalite signet ring for men was designed by Atsuko Sano, as part of her AS Collection. The ring featured a gold star in the center of the sodalite. Other sodalite ring designs, such as Art Nouveau rings make use of carved sodalite gemstones and make interesting cocktail rings. For men, sodalite intaglio rings make for an interesting look.
A good sodalite ring buying guide should mention that sodalite rings may also be sold as "alomite", "blue stone", "hackmanite" (violet-pink tenebrescent sodalite) or "ditroite" rings. Opaque blue sodalite rings can be mistaken for lapis lazuli rings and vice versa. This is because lapis lazuli has a mixed composition and can contain varying amounts of sodalite. The difference in appearance is that lapis lazuli leans toward an intense, "azure" blue, often with gold flecks, where sodalite rings tend to have a deeper blue to violet color with white veins. Sodalite rings may prove a little hard to find in most jewelry stores, but are available from specialist gemstone jewelry suppliers and some select designers. While most sodalite rings are completely natural and untreated, some may be dyed to enhance color, impregnated to improve durability, or even synthetic. All reputable gemstone and jewelry suppliers should fully disclose any enhancements, but if in doubt, a gemology lab report would help to ascertain whether a sodalite ring is natural or not.
For tips on how to wear sodalite rings, simply look at the almost infinite variety of lapis lazuli ring designs and how they are worn. Sodalite rings make dramatic statements when teamed with blue or indigo-colored clothing. Alternatively, a blue sodalite gold ring worn with yellow clothing would create a wonderful contrast. Silver sodalite rings are also very versatile when it comes to wear, and can be teamed with almost any ensemble. The color of sodalite makes sodalite rings equally suitable for men and women. Like lapis lazuli, sodalite is not the hardest gemstone in the jewelry box, but when worn with a little care, a sodalite ring will withstand the test of time.
Sodalite ring meanings are various and include the promotion of calmness, positivity and self-expression. Sodalite is sometimes called "the poet's stone" because it is thought to be beneficial for writers. Moreover, sodalite rings are recommended for athletes, since they are said to improve endurance. Some wear sodalite rings with the belief that they will help with weight loss, insomnia, calcium deficiency and sinus problems.