Geology / History

Sugilite is also known as Lavulite & is a relatively rare pink to purple cyclosilicate mineral with the complex chemical formula KNa2(Fe,Mn,Al)2Li3Si12O30. Sugilite crystallizes in the hexagonal system with prismatic crystals. The crystals are rarely found & the form is usually massive.

Sugilite was first described in 1944 by the Japanese petrologist Ken-ichi Sugi (1901–1948) for an occurrence on Iwagi Islet Japan where it is found in an aegirine syenite intrusive stock. It is found in a similar environment at Mont Saint-Hilaire Quebec Canada. Sugilite is mined from a strata-bound manganese deposit in the Wessels mine in Northern Cape Province of South Africa. It is also found in Liguria, Tuscany Italy, New South Wales Australia & Madhya Pradesh India.

The mineral is commonly pronounced with a soft "g", as in "ginger". However, as with most minerals, its pronunciation is intended to be the same as the person it is named after. In this case the Japanese name Sugi has a hard "g", as in "geese" - soo-gi-lyt. 

Metaphysical Properties

Stone of strong magic capable of great healing. Teaches us to live from our truth & reminds our soul the reasons for incarnating. Answers all our questions as to “why am I here”, “where did I come from”, “who am I” & “what do I need”. One of the major love stones. Protects the soul from shocks, trauma & disappointment. Opens all chakras. Aids forgiveness & group difficulties. Encourages positive thoughts, bring light into any dark situation. Represents spiritual love & wisdom. 

Crystal Healing

Good for pain relief, clears headaches. Treats epilepsy, autism, phobias, schizophrenia & paranoia. 

Mineralogy

Group: Osumilite (Silicates – Cyclosilicates)

Crystal System: Hexagonal

Composition: KNa2(Fe,Mn,Al)2Li3Si12O30

Form/Habit: Granular

Hardness: 6-6.5

Lustre: Vitreous

Streak: White

Specific Gravity: 2.74

Transparency: Transparent to Translucent

R.I: nω = 1.610 nε = 1.607

Colour: Light brownish-yellow, purple, violet, reddish violet, pale pink, colourless

Birefringence: 0.003