Dream You Can Fly!

Dream You Can Fly!


If you don’t have any sugilite in your jewelry collection, and you are as smitten with it as I am, this may be the one for you. The stone you see here is a vivid, translucent purple and shows a hint of blue richterite. I show a few backlit shots so you can see the lovely translucency. It includes a few brown manganese accents that add to its character. This would go well with pinks, reds, blues, anything brown, and almost every shade of purple. You get the chance to be the first one to wear it—I have had to resist the temptation. If I keep it any longer I won’t want to let it go.

When I was a kid there wasn’t a purple I didn’t like. My purple crayons always wore out faster than the others. It remains my favorite color to this day. Now there are some awesome purples out there, but I don’t think I’ve ever encountered more awesome purples than those of top-grade, gem quality sugilite. You get some richterite in there with a blend of purples and holy you-know-what! If it happens to be translucent you have a stone that’ll knock your socks off! The one-of-a-kind, enchanting pendant featured here really represents!

There is only one gem-grade sugilite mine in the world and it has not been mined in a couple of decades making material of this quality increasingly hard to find. But… I’ve got my own hidden stash and it’s making its debut with this little beauty.

Fun fact: Sugilite was named after Professor Ken-ichi Sugi, a Japanese petrologist. His name is pronounced soo-gee. Therefore, the correct pronunciation of the mineral is soo-gee-lite. That being said, I think I’m alone; I’ve never heard anyone else pronounce it that way, the more typical pronunciation is soo-juh-lite. But I am a purist and I rebel.

A not-so-fun fact: Because it is so highly coveted and expensive there are a lot of rip-offs out there. Be aware that much of the “sugilite” on the market is fake. (Dyed jasper and dyed serpentine are common.) If it’s cheap and it’s a deal, it’s not sugilite! You need to know your source. I only buy from honest, reputable gem cutters, and the sugilite I use in my work is authentic.


Made with: Sugilite cabochon, sterling silver wire and bail.

Size: Stone is 20mm x 22mm x 20mm; top of bail to bottom of longest side of pendant is 40mm.

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