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Sugilite Specimen 3.8cm 36g RARE

Rare Sugilite Specimen on Matrix

Rare, genuine fibrous Sugilite crystals on matrix. This specimen consists of a gray-black manganese-bearing shale matrix from the Kalahari Manganese Field with areas of fibrous Sugilite. Excellent lavender to deep purple colour and small areas of gel quality. Size approx 3.8cm. Weight approx 36g.

Sugilite is named after Ken-ichi Sugi, a Japanese geologist who first discovered the material in 1944 on a Japanese island, where it occurs as small brownish yellow grains on host rock. It was discovered in South Africa in 1979 in the Northern Cape. In South Africa, Sugilite formed deep in the earth in beds of manganese-rich metamorphic rocks that are the remains of magma. These strata-bound manganese deposits (Kalahari manganese fields Northern Cape Province), are the largest, richest manganese deposits in the world.

It was officially classified as a rare gem in 1980. In the early 1980s, Sugilite was marketed under tradenames such as “Royal Hazel”, “Wesselite” and “Lavulite”, but none of these caught on. By the mid-1990s, known reserves at the Wessels Mine were exhausted, and no additional material has been found since. In recent years, high demand for Sugilite in China exhausted stock from most mineral dealers, and prices escalated rapidly. By 2015 it had become nearly impossible to find any Sugilite specimens at other than ridiculously high prices.

In 2013, a small find at the Wessels Mine produced well-crystallized specimens. This new material occurred in masses of hair-like crystals in thin veins only, but Sugilite crystals are even rarer than the massive material, so this was a very important discovery.  Specimens that were found featured colourful, bright lavender Sugilite in fibrous crystals with a silky sheen. These fibrous crystals are the rarest form of crystallized Sugilite.

See full description below for more info.

Rare Sugilite Specimen on Matrix

Rare, genuine fibrous Sugilite crystals on matrix. This specimen consists of a gray-black manganese-bearing shale matrix from the Kalahari Manganese Field with areas of fibrous Sugilite. Excellent lavender to deep purple colour and small areas of gel quality. Size approx 3.8cm. Weight approx 36g.

Sugilite is named after Ken-ichi Sugi, a Japanese geologist who first discovered the material in 1944 on a Japanese island, where it occurs as small brownish yellow grains on host rock. It was discovered in South Africa in 1979 in the Northern Cape. In South Africa, Sugilite formed deep in the earth in beds of manganese-rich metamorphic rocks that are the remains of magma. These strata-bound manganese deposits (Kalahari manganese fields Northern Cape Province), are the largest, richest manganese deposits in the world.

It was officially classified as a rare gem in 1980. In the early 1980s, Sugilite was marketed under tradenames such as “Royal Hazel”, “Wesselite” and “Lavulite”, but none of these caught on. By the mid-1990s, known reserves at the Wessels Mine were exhausted, and no additional material has been found since. In recent years, high demand for Sugilite in China exhausted stock from most mineral dealers, and prices escalated rapidly. By 2015 it had become nearly impossible to find any Sugilite specimens at other than ridiculously high prices.

In 2013, a small find at the Wessels Mine produced well-crystallized specimens. This new material occurred in masses of hair-like crystals in thin veins only, but Sugilite crystals are even rarer than the massive material, so this was a very important discovery.  Specimens that were found featured colourful, bright lavender Sugilite in fibrous crystals with a silky sheen. These fibrous crystals are the rarest form of crystallized Sugilite.

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Physical Healing Keywords

  • Immune System, Cancer, Inflammation, Viruses, Allergies;
  • Nervous System, Brain, Headaches, Dyslexia, Epilepsy, Schizophrenia, PTSD, Speech Delays;
  • Lymphatic System, Lymph Nodes, Spleen;
  • Digestive System, Liver

Metaphysical Keywords

Balance, Cleansing, Clearing, Inspiration, Protection, Self-Confidence, Addiction, Mental Illness Support, Learning Disabilities Support, Third Eye Chakra, Higher Realms, Love, Chakra Balancing, Healing

Sugilite

One of the major love stones. Represents spiritual love & wisdom, opening all the chakra to the flow of that love & bringing them into alignment. Teaches you how to live from your truth. Assists in finding answers to the great questions in life, like why you are here & who you are. Protects the soul and eases effects of shocks, trauma & disappointments. Brings love & light into the darkest situations. Resolves group difficulties & encourages loving communication. Excellent for mental disharmony, illness and learning disabilities. Said to boost healing and healer’s energy and abilities.

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Astrological

Virgo

Chakras

Crown Chakra, Heart Chakra, Third Eye Chakra

Crystal System

Hexagonal

Other Names

Luvulite, Royal Azel, Wesselite

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