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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

It's the letter "S" for the Blogging A - Z Challenge

Today’s topic starts with the letter “S”.
The stone for the letter “S” is sodalite, a royal blue mineral usually enjoyed as an ornamental gemstone.  Discovered in Greenland in 1811, it did not become an ornamental stone until 1891 when vast deposits were found in Ontario, Canada. 

It can also be found in the US states of Maine and Arkansas with smaller deposits found in South America, Portugal, Romania, Burma and Russia.  It was named after its sodium content. 
It is well known for its blue coloring but can also be grey, green, yellow or pink and is usually mottled with white veins or patches.  It is usually fashioned in cabochons and beads. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to come back tomorrow to find out what the letter "T" will be. 

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