17.5 carats natural hand cut purple Sugilite cabochon by John Hartman. This cabochon is un-backed. The cabochon measures : 1 1/4 inches long X 9/16 inch wide X 4.69 mm thick.
Sugilite is a beautiful purple gemstone that is used in quality Jewelry and for its metaphysical powers.
Sugilite was named after the Japanese geologist, Ken-ichi Sugi, who found the first specimens of this gemstone in 1944. Sugilite runs from a light bright purple to a deep dark purple and often contains reddish brown or yellowish blotches and it runs in manganese which is a hard black material. Sugilite measures between 5.5 to 7 on the Mohs Scale.
The Wessels mine in northern Cape Province of South Africa has produced the largest deposits of Sugilite, Sugilite has become hard to find and it is desirable by collectors as well as holistic minded people for its metaphysical powers. Gem grade (Gel) Sugilite is beautifully translucent and is the most valuable.
Sugilite is a fairly new gemstone that is rare! It is found in large deposits which lends itself well to the Jewelry industry. Southwestern Jewelers like to set it with other types of gemstones such as Turquoise, Malachite, Spiny Oyster and various Corals which creates very dynamic Jewelry that is exceptionally beautiful.
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