This cheetah keychain is made up of a stainless steel sitting cheetah charm that has been topped by a rich royal blue sodalite stone.
Charm size: 1 inches high x 1 inch wide
Keychain length: 4 inches
The cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal. Over short distances, it can sprint up to 70 miles per hour. Built for speed, it has long, slim, muscular legs, a small, rounded head set on a long neck, a flexible spine, a deep chest, special pads on its feet for traction and a long tail for balance. It is also the only cat that cannot retract its claws, an adaptation to help maintain traction like a soccer player’s cleats. Distinctive black "tear tracks" running from the inside corner of each eye to the mouth may serve as an anti glare mechanism for daytime hunting.
Cheetahs are found in open and partially open savannas. The cheetah is basically a solitary animal. At times, a male will accompany a female for a short while after mating, but most often the female is alone or with her cubs. Cheetah mothers spend a long time teaching their young how to hunt. Small live antelopes are brought back to the cubs so they can learn to chase and catch them.
Cheetahs do not roar like lions, but they purr, hiss, whine and growl. They also make a variety of contact calls - the most common is a birdlike chirping sound.
Sodalite is a rich royal blue tectosilicate mineral widely used as an ornamental gemstone. Although massive sodalite samples are opaque, crystals are usually transparent to translucent. Sodalite is a member of the sodalite group with hauyne, nosean, lazurite and tugtupite.
Sodalite meaning in Greek is salt stone. The Greek word for salt is soda and stone is lithos. Sodalite was so named due to the fact that it contains a great deal of salt. This high level of salt in the composition of sodalite is what makes it a mineral, not a rock.