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Sugilite Gemstone

Sometimes referred to as “Royal Lavulite”  or  “Royal  Azel”,  Sugilite  appears  in  a  small range of colours from a stunning light lavender  through to a rich purple. It is opaque with a waxy lustre  and  its  appearance  always  reminds  me of the small round violet sweets I was given as  a child. The gem received its name from a Dr Ken-ichi  Sugi,  a  Japanese  scientist  who  first documented the gemstone in the 1940’s.

Sugilite  occasionally  features  red,  brown  or yellow spots, when these are present the gem is often called Wild Horse Sugilite. Similar to the process used to stabilise Turquoise, the gem is  often treated to make it more suitable for setting  in jewellery.

Some crystal healers believe that Sugilite helps  in strengthening the heart, as well as reducing  levels  of  stress,  whilst  others  suggest  that  it  balances  your  mind,  body  and  spirit.  I  was  recently told that a friend’s mother uses Sugilite  to stop her from developing a negative outlook  on  life  and  for  over  four  years  she  has  been  more at ease and better equipped to deal with the  troubles she watches on the evening news.

In addition to its discovery in Japan, the gem  has  also  been  discovered  in  Quebec,  Canada,  Tuscany, Italy and New South Wales, Australia.  The  largest  discovery  to  date  has  been  in  the  Northern Cape Province of South Africa.

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