Sugilite is an obscure and quite rare mineral named after the Japanese geologist, Ken-ichi Sugi, who discovered it in 1944. It is rarely found as crystals, usually being massive in form. It has a distinctive purple color and is usually opaque to translucent. Sugilite has sometimes been called purple turquoise although there is no connection between these minerals.
What are some of the properties of Sugilite Gemstones?
Sugilite has a Mohs hardness of 5.5 to 6.5, and it can range greatly in color from the pinks and purples. Sugilite deposits are found in Australia, India, Japan, Canada, and South Africa.
What are good ways to use Sugilite Gemstones?
Sugilite is a handy gemstone which can be used as beads, inlay, drilled-gemstones, faceted gemstones and cabochons to produce a range of beautiful jewelry. In fine jewelry, sugilite is often set in yellow gold, which provides an interesting contrast as purple and yellow are complementary to one another.
Would you like to know more about Sugilite Gemstones?
GemSelect has a great selection of smaller cabochons. Many other retailers do not. Plus, the photo of the stone is the one you are purchasing. Shipping from Thailand is nearly as fast as from within the US. Stones are tightly and neatly packaged.