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Blue Jean Beaded Earrings

Denim sodalite beads are often refered to as the "blue jean" bead. Sodalite is characterized by its dark, intense blue color with white and sometimes yellow streaks. This sodium aluminum chlorine silicate is almost identical in composition to lapis lazuli, except lapis contains sulfur instead of chlorine. Its name probably is culled from its sodium content, though some say it comes from the Latin solidus ("solid") since it was a solid used in the process of glassmaking. No two beads are exactly alike.

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