Fibrous Sugilite - South Africa


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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