What is Sugilite?
Sugilite is a relatively rare pink to purple cyclosilicate mineral. It’s primarily found in Japan, Canada, and South Africa. Sugilite is often used as a gemstone and is popular for its vibrant colors and its spiritual significance.
Sugilite is a vibrant gemstone that comes in shades of pink to purple. Its unique appearance and color make it a popular choice for jewelry and decorative items, especially beads and pendants.
|Chemical Classification||Inorganic - Silicate|
|Color||Ranges from pinkish-purple to deep bluish-purple.|
|Luster||Vitreous to resinous.|
|Transparency||Opaque to translucent.|
|Occurrence||South Africa (especially the Wessels Mine in the Northern Cape), Japan, and Canada.|
|Formation||Formed in manganese-rich metamorphic rocks.|
|Diaphaneity||Translucent to opaque|
|Cleavage||Perfect in two directions|
|Mohs Hardness||5.5 - 6.5.|
|Specific Gravity||Approximately 2.74 - 2.80.|
|Diagnostic Properties||Purple, often with black or brown matrix.|
|Pleochroism||Not observable due to its typical opacity.|
|Optical Properties||Biaxial (+)|
|2V angle||Measured: 58°|
|Dispersion||Not typically noted due to its opacity.|