Sugilite

The history and origin of Sugilite

One of the newer gemstones to come onto the market in recent years is Sugilite. Sugilite is usually not well known for its name; however, if you are into gemstones and minerals, you have already probably seen it. Sugilite is wonderful semi-precious stone that comes in several colors, most notably a deep purple.

Sugilite is a fairly new gemstone addition. Sugilite was discovered in 1944 by the Japanese geologist Ken-ichi Sugi on the island of Iwagi, Shikoku, Japan. While only known for about 50 years, it is slowly becoming extremely popular, especially for its wonderful opaque purple color. This gemstone is rather rare, it is found in large masses, making it a great stone for certain types of ornamental jewelry.

As Sugilite hasn’t been around for a long time, it is most often used as either ornamental jewelry or as mineral specimens. However, for those that are extremely spiritual, it is said that Sugilite can have a positive effect in protecting those from harm and filtering out negative energy such as anger and hostility. If you are looking for a fairly new gemstone that is extremely attractive and on the cusp of becoming popular within the jewelry marketplace, definitely look into Sugilite.

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What is Sugilite used for?

For the most part, Sugilite is only used either as ornamental jewelry or as mineral specimens. However, Sugilite is a wonderful mineral that offers jewelry lovers warm, attractive hues. Sugilite comes in a variety of colors including brown, a pale pink, yellow and black. It should be noted that its most popular color is a deep intense purple and because of this beautiful hue, it is sometimes nicknamed the Purple Turquoise. It is interesting, that both purple Sugilite and Turquoise are extremely similar in appearance and texture, however, the minerals themselves are far different.

Sugilite can come in either translucent to opaque. Usually the most interest lies in purple opaque crystals. The luster is usually waxy, but the color is extremely rich. Sugilite comes in large sizes which makes it perfect for almost any type of jewelry. While Sugilite is rare, large masses of Sugilite are found and they are usually cut to compliment other jewelry gemstones such as Malachite, Turquoise and Coral.

You can find Sugilite in many hues as part of rings, earrings, bracelets, charms, and brooches. While Sugilite is usually set with other types of gemstones, there are many gemstones made specifically to showcase the beautiful hues of Sugilite.

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The colors, shapes and sizes that Sugilite comes in

The hues that Sugilite comes in are varied. For instance, it’s most notable hue and most valuable hue is that of a very deep and rich purple. The stone is usually translucent to opaque, however when it comes in purple and of very large mass, it is usually opaque with a waxy luster.

This mineral does make great jewelry, because it has a decent hardness of 6 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale and is generally stable in its color. It is not brittle and will be perfect for day to day use. Because of its wonderful attributes, many jewelry insiders predict that Sugilite will grow in popularity in the next coming years.

This beautiful gemstone is created by quite a few elements including Potassium, Sodium, Lithium, Iron, Maganese, Aluminum and Silicate. Sugilite is a rare mineral that is not found in that many areas of the world.

Sugilite comes in several hues including yellow, brown, black, but most importantly a deep rich purple. Its luster and texture are usually opaque and waxy. While it resembles Turquoise in many ways, both minerals are very different in structure and composition.

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