Sugilite, a fairly recent discovery (1975) comes from South Africa. It is opaque with a waxy luster and ranges from a pale grayish lavender to a deep dark purple.
Sugilite often contains black matrix, reddish brown or yellowish blotches and is between 6 - 6.5 on the Mohs' scale.
Bright purple stones with little matrixing or blotches are the most valued. Gem grade sugilite is beautifully translucent.
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