83. Sugilite Is Rare As All Of You…..

1. SUGILITESugilite comes from just one location : the Wessels mine in South Africa, which is closed and no new material is being produced.Β  Now and therefore Sugilite is rare and very expensive. Yes, Sugilite Is Rare As All Of You…..And thank you for being my friends…… πŸ™‚


22 thoughts on “83. Sugilite Is Rare As All Of You…..

  1. vera ersilia says:

    Because I love stones and rocks I googled it: generally found in aegirine syenite intrusive stock
    ( whatever that is…). This stone is not only found in Africa but it is found in a similar environment at Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada. In the Wessels mine in Northern Cape Province of South Africa, sugilite is mined from a strata-bound manganese deposit. It is also reported from Liguria and Tuscany, Italy; New South Wales, Australia and Madhya Pradesh, India. Maybe the Wessels mine provides the best color of purple or some other particularly desirable quality…

    • Vera Ersilia, You are right.
      Sugilite from Japan: in the form of fine granules, not cuttable either, just tiny, yellow crystals with no gem value.

      Sugilite from Madhya Pradesh, India: there were not cuttable either.

      Sugilite from other country: Other deposits are located in Italy, Australia, Japan, Canada and India but none of these deposits are as significant.

      Sugilite from South Africa: The most significant source of sugilite is the Wessels mine of South Africa, where it occurs in the manganese-rich igneous rock. In the 1970’s, during excavation of manganese ore approximately 1000 metres below the surface, the first deposits of sugilite were exposed. About 10 to 12 tonnes were extracted from that deposit, and since then it has only ever turned up in small quantities.So far, this is the only known deposit of gem grade sugilite. About half of it has the deep purple coloring that is considered gem grade. While almost all of it is opaque, a very tiny percentage, maybe 1/10 of 1% is translucent. Needless to say, this translucent, Β“Sugilite GelΒ” is extremely rare, expensive and highly prized.
      Thank You.

      • vera ersilia says:

        I thank you !
        I always like to learn about stones and rocks, precious or not; that is really interesting.

    • Hi Quirkybooks πŸ™‚ I know you are very concerned about friends. Currently, I have not had time to comment on your posts, even though I really wanted. I am amazed by your posts. πŸ™‚

      • Thanks Hilal, I am thrilled to hear that you like my posts so much. I understand not being able to comment much. I can’t comment much on posts lately because I have to finish my Break through the barriers of redundancy book and self-publish it. I have got some people waiting to buy it. Hoping to do the final re-work and edit, after today, over the next few days whilst off from my day job. I also teach Blogging as an aid to recovery – How to start a WordPress.com blog, for the recovery learning community that is part of the NHS. I have been doing that on a self-employed basis and now they want me to go on their staff bank so I had to fill in a 15 page application form. I also provided 12 pages of supporting information. It took me almost a week and a half to complete because I had to fit it around my day job and meetings.

      • I apologize for late reply. You are an incredible woman. I also read your post about the NHS. I understand, act like you do, is a remarkable work. I have not even finished writing a book, which I wrote about five years ago. Yes, I sincerely say, I am happy to be your friends and reading your posts. If it were, people act and think like you, I think the world would be better than today. Thank you for writing long comments. I feel amazing, hear from you, who are willing to devote time to the communities and friends. In fact, you are busy with book, and your job every day πŸ™‚ I am sure, your life overflowing with blessings. :). Hilal Achmar

    • Hi Nancy. I apologize, I apologize. I also wish you a Happy Christmas and New Year 2014. May you always be blessed in abundance and good health. Glad to know you in the last few years …. πŸ™‚

  2. Hi Russel, your photos are very nice. I was also surprised, you make comments on my Sugilite photo, I know that photo is bad in quality.
    In 1978, I also studied photography. At that time there were no digital cameras. So I need to know about the correct focus, exposure, aperture size, and photographic effects are still very few. I see, you are an expert in photography. I used Hasselblad cameras, made ​​in germany. πŸ™‚

    I am glad to be your friend. I am glad to be your friend. It’s still a little bit interested in the precious stones Photography. πŸ™‚

  3. Your blog site is amazing Hilal…I’m learning about a different science and loving it. I worked in health, the science of healing. Thank you so much for following my blog. I hope you find inspirational stories as interesting.

    • C. E. Robinson
      It feels science now no longer compartmentalized in one discipline. Health science you learn, of course related to medicine, chemistry, respiratory, philosophy, psychology, climate, religion, biology, anatomy, or in other words with all the science …. Therefore, scientists are people who are willing to take the lonely road …. πŸ™‚

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