Carefully chosen sugilite sphere with rich colour and distinctive markings. Sugilite comes almost exclusively from just two localities in South Africa but sadly both are producing less of this rare natural mineral each year. As a result the supply chain is slowly drying up and prices for sugilite are currently at an all time high. Even for enthusiasts and dealers who are prepared to pay for the finest grades, pieces can be exceptionally difficult to find. The rarest and most highly sought after grade of material is known as gel sugilite and even the very smallest piece can command a staggering price.
The colour of sugilite is caused primarily by the chemical element manganese which is a metal that's widely used as an alloy in industry and in particular with stainless steels.
Polished mineral spheres make wonderful display pieces which can also be surprisingly tactile. This sugilite sphere is part of a small collection of this rare mineral that we currently have available and whilst we're always on the look out to grow the size of our collection, finding nice pieces at saleable prices is becoming a real challenge.
Weight (grams): 231.2
Size (cms): 5.1 (in diameter)