Info on Sujilite?

Hi all, Can anyone tell me more about “sujilite”? I was at a gem show
this weekend and bought some. I searched the archives and library and
couldn’t find any info on this. I also searched Google and it really
didn’t give any results that told more about it. I was trying to find
out if this was a real gemstone or mineral. The ones I purchased are
a deeply saturated lavender or light purple - not an amethyst purple
at all - more pink in it than amethyst but definitely a purple color.
Very pretty.

Dee Dee

Dee Dee, It is “sugilite” with a ‘g.’ a.k.a. ‘Royal Azel.’

There are some opaque specimens, often used for carving or
cabochons. Also available in a RICH purple translucent variety, which
is MUCH more expensive.

A friend of mine used to deal in it. If you’re interested, I’ll
contact him to see if he still has some to sell. David Barzilay, Lord of the Rings

Dee Dee ~ This is from an sheet given to me by a South
African dealer who specializes in Sugilite.

'Also known as Royal Azel and Royal Lavulite, Sugilite (with a “g”)
is named after a Japanese geologist, Professor Kenichi Sugi, who
discovered the first specimens in Japan in 1944. It is a rare ore
ranging in color from pink to deep purple and is only sourced in the
Kalahari Desert in the Republic of South Africa.

Sugilite is frequently found in combination with Manganese (black
streaks) and sometimes Richterite (blue) and Kasserite (brown).

Metaphysically, it has been called the “love” stone and the stone of
the “New Age”.It is said to alleviate all types of physical and
emotional discomfort - diffusing negative energy, whilst enhancing
connection to Divine Love. It is particularly good for a new
beginning in a spiritual sense…protects, absorbs, and dissolves
anger, hurt, unwanted energies…etc. ’

Can’t beat that…

Margery Epstein

Here’s a little sugilite info: Violet; translucent to opaque; Mohs’
hardness 6-6.5; density 2.76-2.80; resinous luster. Formerly
erroneously offered as Sogdianite.

Regards, Audie Beller of Audie’s Images-

Hi Dee Dee, Try a google search for sugilite. This is what came up
first for me:


Hi Dee Dee, The name you are looking for is actually Sugilite. It is
a mineral and here is a page with about it.

You should have better luck searching on the web and in your books
with the correct spelling.

Nancy Stinnett, Owner
Geosoul Arts
(702) 436-7685

Dee Dee, Perhaps you are referring to ‘sugilite’? Never heard of
sujilite. Do a search in google for sugilite and you will get
hundreds of hits.

Cheers from Don at The Charles Belle Studio in SOFL where simple
elegance IS fine jewelry! @coralnut2

I believe the correct spelling is ‘sugilite’…with a G in the
middle. You should be able to find with the name
spelled that way.

Sugilite is a material that =was discovered in Africa about 1944 or
there about it is a pain in the neck to polish due to the natural
cleavage, although not as bad as Charoite. Here is more scientific
info on it, also it has now become nearly extinct save for old stock

Chemistry: KNa2Li3(Fe, Mn, Al)2Si12O30, Potassium Sodium Lithium Iron
Manganese Aluminum Silicate. 
Class: Silicates 
Subclass: Cyclosilicates 
Group: Milarite - Osumilite 
Uses: 	As an ornamental and semi-precious stone used in jewelry and as a
		mineral specimen. 


Sugilite is a somewhat obscure mineral named for the Japanese
geologist who discovered the first specimens in 1944, Ken-ichi Sugi.
It is becoming very popular in the jewelry trade. It does not form
well shaped crystals but is usually massive. This is OK, as it is
used mostly for ornamental and semiprecious stone purposes. It has a
very distinctive opaque purple color when found in its most desirable
color shades. The polished stones are mostly opaque with an almost
waxy luster and a deep reddish purple color. It has been described as
a purple turquoise although there is no relation between the two
minerals. Its jewelry uses are becoming widespread and sugilite is
being used in jewelry styles with turquoise, malachite and coral.
Some sugilite has been cut into but these are very rare.
The primary structural unit of sugilite is a most unusual double
ring, with a formula of Si12O30. Normal rings of cyclosilicates are
composed of six silicate tetrahedrons; Si6O18. The double ring is
made of two normal rings that are linked together by sharing six
oxygens, one from each tetrahedron in each six membered ring (notice
the loss of six oxygens in the double ring formula). The structure is
analogous to the dual wheels of a tractor trailer and is shared by
other members of the Milarite - Osumilite Group.

Hope this helps, Way back when I think it was around 1980 I bought
several pounds at a show and was able to pull out nearly 40 CTs Of
Jelly Sugilite. I have no Idea what that would be worth now, But my
wife has a very pretty faceted 12 CT. pendant from that rare find,
Last I had heard Just plain AA (what ever that means) was selling for
3.50 per gram in rough.

Purple Spondilous (spiny) oyster looks as good and is a lot easier
to cut and polish, Be very careful going for your final polish as the
surface spaulls quite easy

Kenneth Ferrell

Thanks to everyone who replied about my inquiry on Sugilite. I was
thrown off b/c the seller did indeed misspell it. With the correct
spelling, I was able to find lots of And thank you to
those who suggested web sites for me to visit! :slight_smile:

  • Dee Dee