Friday, October 7, 2011

Rock Review: Sugilite

Today’s rock review features Sugilite.
Sugilite Cabachon

Geology Buzz
Sugilite is also known as Royal Luvulite and Royal Azel. It was first discovered in 1944 by a Japanese geologist named Ken-ichi Sugi on Iwagi Island and was named after him. Today, it can still be found in Japan as well as in Canada, India and South Africa.
It is an unusually deep natural pink to purple variety of Silicate mineral. It can be opaque or translucent with a waxy luster. Opaque dark purple is considered to be one of the most desirable and valuable forms of this gem. It is 6-7 on Moh’s scale of hardness. It’s complex chemical makeup, consisting of eight total elements, is a rare find and usually occurs in large masses, when it can be found. The gem contains Potassium, Sodium, Iron, Manganese, Aluminum, Lithium, Silicon and Oxygen that chemically combine to form prismatic crystals.
Fun Facts
Sugilite is sometimes nicknamed the purple turquoise. It is also thought to be one of the most powerful love stones, helping wearers to find beauty in difficult times, and forgiveness for those who have wronged them. It also is believed to balance the mind, body and spirit through granting peace of mind and a sense of general well being. Gem healers use Sugilite to aid in the treatment of dyslexia, pain, motor problems and lymph and blood purification.
Gem dealers predict that Sugilite will be growing in popularity in the next few years due to it’s great natural color, it’s durability and it potential to compliment other popular gems like Coral, Turquoise and Malachite. Be ahead of the trend and visit Layne Designs to add some Sugilite to your wardrobe.

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