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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.  Sometimes known as the Purple Turquoise, Sugilite is available in large masses and truly does have wonderful hues, especially when it is very deep purple.  Other fine colors that it comes in are brown, pale pink, yellow and black.

Sugilite was founded in 1944 by the Japanese geologist Ken-ici Sugi.  While only known for about 50 years, it is slowly becoming extremely popular, especially for its wonderful opaque purple color.  Sugilite is made from a bunch of elements; however it mainly comes from potassium, sodium, lithium, iron and maganese.

While this gemstone is rather rare, it is found in large masses, making it a great stone for certain types of ornamental jewelry. Many jewelers mix it with turquoise, malachite and sometimes coral to create extremely beautiful gemstone combinations.

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.

What is Sugilite used for?

Sugilite is an extremely interesting stone, partly because it is a fairly new addition to the many minerals for sale as ornamental jewelry.  Sugilite forms naturally on earth; however it was only discovered in 1944 by Japanese geologist Ken-ichi Sugi off one of the islands in Japan near Kyoto City.

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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