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OakDragon
19-09-2004, 05:52
I was wondering if anyone could help me figure out what type of stone this is. I'm new to stones and crystals and I don't think it's one I've ever seen before. It's black and navy blue and somewhat veined. The picture I'm posting makes it look a bit brighter than it does in real life, thanks to the flash on my camera.

Thank you for your help!

Moonbow
19-09-2004, 06:25
I think it's probably Sodalite. It looks similar to my piece.

Does it look at bit like this?

http://www.bestcrystals.com/html/sodalite/images/SOD-1b.jpg

Sometimes Sodalite has white in it too.

It is one of my favourite stones! Well done you!

OakDragon
19-09-2004, 06:30
I may certainly be wrong, of course, but I don't think it's sodalite. Doesn't sodalite tend to be more purple? This one is literally black and navy blue (a very dark blue). I have a couple of pieces of sodalite and they tend to be more reddish, anywhere from a purple to a purple-blue. The stone I have is definitely a blue blue, though very dark. If you don't look at it closely and in good light, it looks almost black all over. Any other possibilities?

(Sodalite is one of my favorites, too, Moonbow*, along with malachite, lapis lazuli, amethyst, and charoite.)

Moonbow
19-09-2004, 06:36
Mine is definately not purple Oaky....

not a hint of purple in it. It is very black/blue just as you describe. I have never heard of purple Sodalite either.

It is used in the Indigo chakra and indigo is a good description of it to me.

http://www.resene.co.nz/swatches/jpegs/Laminex_Indigo.jpg

lunalafey
19-09-2004, 06:58
I would say that it is not Sodalite- the vien patterns are not right.
I have been starring at the picture for a while- and now I'm doing some research....be back when I find something.

TygrEyes
19-09-2004, 07:27
I found this:

http://www.holisticshop.co.uk/GeneratedProducts/CRTSBT3L.asp

and half way down this page:

http://www.neatstuff.net/avalon/q-to-s/crystal-t.html

Moonbow
19-09-2004, 07:28
Hey, I think you have it TygrEyes....

TygrEyes
19-09-2004, 07:33
Check out the 2nd link when I edited. It shows it BEAUTIFULLY!

lunakasha
19-09-2004, 08:03
I agree....nice job TygrEyes!!! :D

I have several small pieces of blue tiger's eye....one of the distinguishing features of this stone (as well as the golden-brown version) is that it has an irridescent quality to it....the bands seem to move when you tilt the stone back and forth.

Blue tiger's eye is a wonderful stone....it is also sometimes referred to as "falcon's eye".

:) Luna

Moonbow
19-09-2004, 08:06
While talking about Tigers eye...

I have been advised by my local stone shop that there is alot of fake stuff on the market and the way to tell real from fake is to hold it up to the light.

If you can see through it, it's not real.

I tried this with mine and my is real :) but he showed me some fake stuff in his shop and you really can see through it!

There! Moonbow's tip of the day! :D

OakDragon
19-09-2004, 09:17
I'm not sure that it's blue tiger's eye. I have a piece of that too, but the stone in question does not have the irridescent bands that catch light like tiger's eye does. The lines in my stone are more irregular... and it's also opaque.

OakDragon
19-09-2004, 09:30
Originally posted by Moonbow*
Mine is definately not purple Oaky....

not a hint of purple in it. It is very black/blue just as you describe. I have never heard of purple Sodalite either.

It is used in the Indigo chakra and indigo is a good description of it to me.

http://www.resene.co.nz/swatches/jpegs/Laminex_Indigo.jpg

Maybe that's what it is then, Moonbow*. That swatch is close to the color of my stone. Maybe what I'm thinking of as sodalite is something else! <gets dizzy>

lunalafey
19-09-2004, 13:35
lol- I can say what it is not...I don't see it as blue tiger's eye either. It looks to me like it is something from the feldspar family.

Ruby7
19-09-2004, 15:47
Looks like Sodalite to me.

Ruby7

lunalafey
19-09-2004, 16:45
Sodalite has white steaks, this stone has black.

Ruby7
20-09-2004, 00:26
The sodalite pictures in my gemstone book look exactly like this piece having black and white veins, I can see white as well as black (very subtle but it is there) in Oakdragon's picture. That said though it could also be Azurite, always hard to tell from a picture, can't get a true feel for the stone.

Ruby7

OakDragon
20-09-2004, 00:38
The white you see must be a result of my photography then, because the stone doesn't have any white in it. I suppose it could be sodalite, though. I've never seen a big enough piece up close to examine the dark parts carefully, though. Azurite was another possibility, I thought also. I've heard of blue jasper, too, though I don't think I've ever seen it. Anyone familiar with blue jasper?

Majecot
20-09-2004, 01:45
OakDragon

I googles blue jasper and everything I came up with looked like -this (http://www.marys-antiques.com/misc_porcelain/4403.htm) So I am thinking it is not that. I did find in one of my crystal books a picture of blue jasper that was dark like your stone but it looks flat. Yours seems to have an irridescent look to it. Every thing I found on the net was that light wedgewood color and mostly bowls ;)


Here are a couple of links for Azurite (http://mineral.galleries.com/scripts/item.exe?LIST+Minerals+Carbonates+Azurite) and (http://www.minerals.net/mineral/carbonat/azurite/azurite.htm) The color of this stone seems to vary quite abit according to these pictures.

I am kinda leaning towards hawkseye I have seen some pieces that do not have much banding in them.
Maybe you can take the piece to a shop to see what it is.

lunalafey
20-09-2004, 05:29
here is a picture of a very high grade of sodalite (http://mineral.galleries.com/minerals/silicate/sodalite/sodalite.jpg). Just white streaks...
Azurite is to bright of a blue and does not have the right streaking.
I'm thinking that maybe it's a composit stone- perhaps some sort of serpentine mix.

Ruby7
20-09-2004, 05:56
Originally posted by lunalafey
I'm thinking that maybe it's a composit stone- perhaps some sort of serpentine mix.

Could be more something like that, dyed serpentine maybe? Or what about dyed howlite? I've never seen it dyed as dark a blue, usually it's dyed a turquoise shade of blue, but howlite does have very distinctive black veins.

You're right about the veins Luna. I went back and checked my book and there are only white veins, the black I was seeing is patches of black not black veins, just like the white i see in Oakdragons picture is underlying patches (not veins) and may be just from the picture as Oakdragon says.

This is like detective work :)

Ruby7

OakDragon
20-09-2004, 08:58
Thanks for your help, everyone. This is interesting. The white you see in the photo is a result of the camera's flash reflecting off crevasses (sp?) and scratches in the imperfect polishing. There doesn't seem to be any irridescence to it in reality. I thought of the possibility of it being something somehow unnatural too. The grab bag of stones I got it in came with a piece of goldstone (artificial) and something that looks like snowy quartz dyed yellow, so it's possible the black 'n' blue stone is dyed or otherwise artificial, too.

I think I'll take it next weekend to the store where I went crystal shopping yesterday and ask them, but I'd still be happy to hear any further ideas you may have.

Kyrielle
20-09-2004, 13:59
I have some sodalite with NO white in it at all. It does have black streaks. It shimmers a little, like moonstone, especially in the darkest areas. But some of the dark areas have no shimmering. It could be a piece of sodalite with no white in it. That's my idea.

Kyrielle

Moonbow
22-09-2004, 02:39
Originally posted by Kyrielle
I have some sodalite with NO white in it at all. It does have black streaks. It shimmers a little, like moonstone, especially in the darkest areas. But some of the dark areas have no shimmering. It could be a piece of sodalite with no white in it. That's my idea.

Kyrielle

Me too Kyrielle

My piece of Sodalite does not have any white in it at all, although it is a small polished stone, so maybe it is the darker area of a larger piece.