Dims: 3.83x1.59x1.35" (9.73x4.03x3.43cm)
Wt: 4.43oz (125.3oz)
Saami Mountain, Khibini, Russia
This hand specimen of sodalite contains both white crystals and bright purplish-pink ones. Unlike the hackmannite variety, the pink color of these crystals does not fade when exposed to bright light. While none of the crystals is complete, their crystalline nature is evident in the cleavage and fracture lines that may be examined. The sodalite fluoresces brightly under short-wave ultraviolet light. There are additional white minerals present (such as quartz), plus there are numerous black crystals of biotite mica.