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Sugilite

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Description
Locality: 
N'Chwaning, North Cape Province, South Africa
Class: 
Crystals on Matrix
Size Range: 
Miniature (4.5-7 cm)
Size: 
6.2 × 3.1 × 2 cm
Description

Fibrous, pinkish purple sugilite crystal aggregates on matrix from a new find of fibrous sugilite crystals. Some sugilite on each side of the matrix.

There won't be much more of this material, because the mining continues in a complete different direction.

Mineral Data
What's on the rock

Sugilite

Formula: 
K(Na,□)2Li3(Fe,Mn,Al,Zr)2[Si12O30]
Strunz: 
9.CM.05
Crystal System: 
Hexagonal
Hardness: 
6.0 - 6.5
Type Locality: 
Iwagi Island, Inland Sea (Setonaikai), Ehime Prefecture, Japan

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