SODALITE specimen sod-3
Dims: 2.5 x 1.8 x 1.6" (6.4 x 4.6 x 4.1 cm)
Wt: 3.73 oz. (105.7 g)
Mount Saint Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
I have never seen a Sodalite piece like this before- our documentation states that it is a variety called Hackmanite. The piece consists of a gray-white host material on which rest many small, sharp crystals. These crystals are rather heavily intergrown in some areas, but are generally in very good condition, showing little damage. Their bladed form definitely does not seem to correspond to the cube-based structure of Sodalite, so maybe the base material is the Hackmanite. This base material contains many indeterminate, tiny black crystals and several broken bits of some equally tiny violet crystals that appear to glow a pale yellow-white under longwave UV light. What is so odd is that none of the material resembles regular Sodalite in any way, especially in color- it is colorless or a gray-white, as opposed to the deep blue of the more common material. I think that I will have to do a few basic tests on this piece, or maybe see if someone at a nearby university can help me... it is very enigmatic.