Brazil Sodalite Beads
Sodalite was discovered in Greenland in 1806, but was not widely used as an ornamental stone until 1891 when large deposits were discovered in Ontario, Canada. On a visit to Ontario, Princess Patricia, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, chose Sodalite as interior decoration for Marlborough House in England, hence the alternative name for this beautiful gemstone: Princess Blue.
This particular variation of sodalite contains a white speckling that defines it as Brazil sodalite.
Named for its sodium content, Sodalite is a rich royal blue member of the feldspathoid mineral family.