Fibrous Sugilite - South Africa

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Fibrous Sugilite (also known as Lavulite)

 

Origin: Africa, South Africa, Hotazel, Wessels Mine, Kalahari manganese fields

 

Sugilite is a beautiful and rather rare, pinkish to purple coloured mineral found in Manganese deposits. It is known only from a handful of places across the world.

 

It was named after Ken-ichi Sugi, a petrologist who first found the occurrence of the mineral in Japan.

 

The photos were taken in bright sunlight to bring out their best colours. The last photo is of a wet specimen to show the intense purple colour.

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