A light, relatively hard yet fragile mineral, sodalite is named after its sodium content; in mineralogy it is classed as a feldspathoid, a mineral composite generally found within rare and unusual types of igneous rocks. It was first discovered in 1811 in Greenland, and it gained popularity as an ornamental stone in 1891 when deposits were found in Ontario, Canada. Because these deposits were discovered during a visit from the royal family, Sodalite is sometimes referred to as “Princess Blue”. The gemstone is also mined in Brazil, India, and the sand dunes of Namibia. The stone is often associated with clarity and emotional intelligence.