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Can Sodalite go in water? Explained

Sodalite is a royal blue, white-veined mineral mainly used as an ornamental gemstone. Spiritually, Sodalite is linked to insight and self-truth and connected to the third eye and throat chakras. It is said to raise your levels of intuition and increase your observation abilities so that you can see the truth clearly, both within yourself and in others around you. Sodalite is also helpful in times of stress or panic as it helps to balance emotions. As a healing stone, it cleanses the lymphatic system and balances the body’s metabolism. As a result, it boosts the immune system and clears inflammation. 

Can Sodalite go in water?

Although water is typically one of the first thoughts when you cleanse your crystals, it is not recommended for many crystals, including Sodalite. This is because water can damage Sodalite, causing cracks to appear and the gem to lose its shine.

Moonlight or visualization are recommended as the best way to cleanse Sodalite, as many other methods have a high chance of damaging it.

Other ways you could cleanse Sodalite include submerging it in dry brown rice, by smoke cleansing with sage, or using a larger stone to cleanse the Sodalite. If your Sodalite accidentally gets wet, please remove it from the water or near the water and dry with a soft cloth as soon as possible.

Is Sodalite water soluble?

While Sodalite is not water-soluble, it is ranked at a five or a six on Moh’s scale of hardness. This means that while Sodalite won’t dissolve or reduce in water, the water will damage and crack it, and the mineral itself will be damaged on a molecular level.

Even if you cannot see any damage done to your Sodalite once it has been removed from the water, any cracks made will not be visible to the naked eye, and the stone will be more vulnerable to damage overall. All it takes once the Sodalite has been damaged is one knock against something else for it to break apart. If placed in water often enough, the Sodalite will crack deeper and break apart without being knocked by anything if the cracks are allowed to get deep enough. So while it might survive single bathing, it is more vulnerable and unlikely to survive any contact with water.

What is meant by Mohs scale of hardness?

Moh’s scale of hardness is used to determine how durable a crystal is by testing its resistance – anything marked as five or lower is considered easily susceptible to damage, while anything labeled 5-10 is more durable. It has been suggested that water is not suitable to cleanse any crystal or mineral that scores less than seven on the scale with water, although the most soluble crystals have a Moh score of 0.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Does Sodalite break easily? 

Sodalite is often found in large quantities that break cleanly and easily, known as conchoidal fractures. Sodalite is therefore considered to be brittle, despite its Moh scale of hardness score being in the mid-range of the scale. However, it is considerably harder when just left in the air than when placed in water or acid.

How can you tell if Sodalite is real?

There are several ways that you can tell whether a sodalite gem is genuine or not. The most obvious way is the price – while not an expensive stone, very cheap Sodalite is unlikely to be the real deal, especially if you find a larger stone at a small price. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. 

Another common way to tell that a stone is genuine is by color. For example, Sodalite is known for its bright royal blue color, which means that some natural stones that are darker, as well as fakes, are painted to make them seem brighter. If you want to test whether dye has been used on your crystal, you can gently rub it with acetone or nail polish remover, which will lift off any dye. However, you must be extremely careful if you do this, as too much acetone can damage and crack the Sodalite in a similar way to water. 

The last way to tell if Sodalite is real or not is through cutting it. As previously noted, Sodalite is not a very hard stone and, as a result, can be cut relatively easily. In addition, genuine Sodalite releases hydrogen sulfide gas when cut open, which many people refer to as the ‘rotting egg’ smell. Fake Sodalite will not produce any smell at all, however, making its fakery obvious.

It is worth noting, however, that Sodalite is not commonly faked as it isn’t expensive enough to make faking it worthwhile. 

Can Sodalite go in saltwater? 

No. salt on its own has a similar effect to water on Sodalite, in that it will damage it on a molecular level and make it weaker overall. Therefore salt water will do as much damage to Sodalite as freshwater will, if not do even more.

Conclusion: 

In conclusion, Sodalite is a relatively brittle stone, scoring 5-6 on Moh’s scale of hardness, and therefore should not be placed in or underwater. While not water-soluble, water will crack and damage Sodalite if used to cleanse it, even if not visible to the naked eye.

In addition, water will increase the likelihood of sodalite breaking, as will salt and saltwater, which should also be avoided. Although fake Sodalite would survive contact with water or salt, this is not recommended, mainly because any initial damage done in one bathing would only be visible on a microscopic level. If you are in doubt as to whether your Sodalite is genuine, you can guess by the price.

Try rubbing away any potential dye on the stone using acetone-based nail polish remover or by cutting the rock to see if it releases strong-smelling gas. However, due to the relative inexpensiveness of Sodalite as a gem, it is less likely to be fake than many other crystals.