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Orange Sodalite

Orange Sodalite is a variety of the traditional blue Sodalite. Sodalite was discovered in 1806 - in Greenland, but really took off in 1891 when large deposits were found in Ontario, Canada. 130 tons of it were quarried and shipped to England to decorate Marlborough House for the Princess Patricia.

These beads however, came from a mine in Brazil.

It has a Mohs hardness of 6 - which makes it fine for use in necklaces, but may suffer some scratching if used in a bracelet where you might bang it about a lot, i.e. typing or desk work.