A relatively large and beautiful natural sugilite sphere boasting a fascinating blend of colour which in the most part includes hues of pink and purple. This rare mineral is found almost exclusively in the Kalahari Manganese Field in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. It has become increasingly scarce in recent years and there is currently huge demand from the Chinese market which has pushed already high prices up even further.
Sugilite is a manganese rich mineral that was named after the Japanese professor of petrology who initially discovered it during the 1940's. His name was Professor Ken-ichi Sugi and the G in his name is pronounced with a hard G as in the word "gold" therefore "suglite" should be said in the same way. It is however a mineral whose name is almost always mis-pronounced and said with a soft g as in the word "giraffe". Admittedly it's definitely more natural in the English language to use a soft g instead and even those who are fully aware of the correct pronunciation including ourselves, continue to say it incorrectly.
Although well polished, this sugilite sphere has a dull lustre which is a reference to the way that it interacts with the light. Polished mineral spheres make wonderful display pieces and with sugilite rapidly becoming extremely rare and rather expensive, now is definitely the time to add a piece to your collection.
Weight (grams): 420
Size (cms): 6.6 (in diameter)