I just got back from a bead buying trip to China. A number of
vendors showed a purple bead material that was, they say, a natural
stone from South Africa.
The purple was similar to sugilite or charoite. The color and
composition varied from bead to bead and from vendor to vendor. It
did not appear to be synthetic “block” material but it could have
been stabalized. The name was consistant, either purpleite or
purplite. In searching mineral websites the only likely stone
seemed to be Stichtite - a soft stone. It was more expensive than
"basic" stone beads but not as expensive as good sugilite or
I bought a few strands that will arrive in a few days. I can post a
picure on my website and post a link here. I don’t see a way to post
a picture to ganoksin. Although I’ve searched the orchid archives
for some time, this is my first post.
Thanks for any Russ (Rings & Things - Spokane WA - USA) <edit> To share files use the Orchid FTP . http://www.ganoksin.com/ftp/ Ton </edit>