Sugilite (Royal Luvalite) is a relatively recently discovered mineral, although it has been around a long time awaiting its debut. It was named for the Japanese geologist who discovered the first specimens in 1944, Ken-ichi Sugi. Most sugilite now comes from Southern Africa.
It is becoming very popular in jewelry. It has a very distinctive opaque purple color when found in its most desirable color shades. The polished stones are mostly opaque with an almost waxy luster and a deep reddish purple color. It has been referred to as "purple turquoise", although there is no relation between the two minerals. Its jewelry uses are becoming widespread and it is popular as a "New Age" gemstone - see Healing properties
Byzantium has a few designs in sugilite at bargain prices at the momentThe Online Shop does not have any Sugilite at the moment - but if you are able to come to our shop in Rye, we can probably show you some - please phone 07866 365456 if you would like to check.