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Sugilite

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Sugilite

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Description
Locality: 
Wessels Mine, Hotazel, Kalahari, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Class: 
Crystals on Matrix
Size Range: 
Small cabinet (7-10 cm)
Size: 
7.1 × 4.5 × 3.2 cm
Description

First of all - there is no backlight, no lamps or light-effects, the photos show the specimen under daylight and it is incredible. The whole upper thrid is massive, pure sugilite, it is not just a layer or a thin vein. A 35mm tall, 34mm from left to right hand side and 27mm thick arae of pure, purple sugilite - this is fantastic! And it shows the most intense color you can imagine for the mineral! The specimen was in a famous German gem-stone collection: Ex Wondraschek coll. 

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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