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PURPLE STONES - LIKE CHAROITE, SUGILITE, OTHER MISC

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This page is for some of the rough and unpolished slabs we occasionally have for sale, such as Charoite from Russia, and a Sugilite-looking material we recently acquired. We charge one shipping cost for all that will safely fit in a Small Priority Flat Rate box and will ship to the U.S. as well as Internationally. See our Store Policies for full details.


Purple Rough with Magnesite

4 1/4 lb Piece Purple Lapidary Rough, Black/Purple Mix

Purple Rough with Magnesite

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UPDATE - WE WILL GET THE DESCRIPTION UPDATED SOON, BUT GIA RESULTS ARE IN. Please see Item #4587 below for what we know of this material.

This is a piece of purple material with Magnesite, a piece we think could possibly be a low-grade Sugilite (see listing below about why we think that). It weighs 4 lbs, 5.5 ounces (1.97 kgs), and measures 5 1/2" x 4" x 1-3". Whatever the material is, it works great for lapidary.

U.S. shipping cost: $8.00

Purple Rough with Magnesite   Item# 4936   Price: $38.25  


Purple Rough with Magnesite

4 1/2 lb Piece of Patterned Purple Rough

Purple Rough with Magnesite

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UPDATE - WE WILL GET THE DESCRIPTION UPDATED SOON, BUT GIA RESULTS ARE IN. Please see Item #4587 below for what we know of this material.

This is another piece of purple material with Magnesite. It has different pattern in it from the black mixed in with the purple. This one weighs 4 lbs, 7 ounces (2.01 kgs), and measures roughly 5" x 5 1/2" x 2". (See listing below about why we relate it to possibly a low-grade Sugilite).

U.S. shipping cost: $8.00

Purple Rough with Magnesite   Item# 4937   Price: $40.50  


Purple Rough with Magnesite

4 3/4 lb Piece Purple Lapidary Rough

Purple Rough with Magnesite

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UPDATE - WE WILL GET THE DESCRIPTION UPDATED SOON, BUT GIA RESULTS ARE IN. Please see Item #4587 below for what we know of this material.

This is a piece of purple material with Magnesite (see listing below about why we relate it to possibly a low-grade Sugilite). This piece weighs 4 lbs, 11.5 ounces, or 2.15 kgs. It measures roughly 6" x 5" x 2". Most of this piece is purple. It has a little bit of a pinkish in some areas as well on one side, but definitely not like any Rhodonite we have ever seen. Whatever it is exactly, it polishes nicely as a lapidary material.

U.S. shipping cost: $8.00

Purple Rough with Magnesite   Item# 4933   Price: $42.75  

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Purple with Magnesite Slab

Mystery Purple Lapidary Slab

Purple with Magnesite Slab

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UPDATE - WE WILL GET THE DESCRIPTION UPDATED SOON, BUT GIA RESULTS ARE IN. Please see Item #4587 below for what we know of this material.

This is a slice from the purple lapidary rough we have, thought to be possibly a low-grade Sugilite. It has some really neat pattern potential in it, measuring roughly 2 3/4" x 3" x 7-8 mm thick. It weighs 112 grams, or 3.9 ounces.

U.S. shipping cost: $8.00

Purple with Magnesite Slab   Item# 4598   Price: $5.00  


Purple with Magnesite Slab

Mystery Purple Lapidary Slab - More Available

Purple with Magnesite Slab

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We have more slices cut of this material, just not photographed yet. If you would like to see some, just send us a message and ask and we will make it a higher priority to get more up.



U.S. shipping cost: $8.00

Purple with Magnesite Slab   Item# 4905   Price: $old  

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Purple Rough with Magnesite

Purple Rough, per GIA Analysis: Dumortierite - Tourmaline - Rutile
By the Pound ($10/lb)

Purple Rough with Magnesite

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These are rough, uncut pieces of some beautiful purple rough material we acquired from an old collection. We are offering it by the pound. We are putting up to 20 pounds at a time so if you want more than 1 pound, you would select the quantity of 2 or more. ** A purchase of 1 pound may give you only one or two pieces. If ordering more than 3 pounds, please also select the Medium Flat Rate Box at the bottom of this page.

GIA ANALYSIS RESULTS: We previously thought this could be a low-grade Sugilite (*see back history below for why we thought that). We sent a small sample piece to the GIA. We tried to get one that had the various characteristics we have seen in the material, including a few spots of a rare blue that we found in just a very few pieces, plus the black and of course the purple. THE RESULTS: Dumortierite, Tourmaline, Rutile and possible additional minerals. We asked some questions and got an additional answer from them that indicated the black stuff in the small sample was Tourmaline and the stone is mostly fine-grained; they couldn’t take the identification any further. (The pieces have a lot of weight, we still think a lot of the black might be from Manganese.)

The material is hard and does take a nice polish. It is a beautiful purple - some more solid-looking color, others with nice patterning and even some with tiny orbs. There are pink tones in some of it, and when photographed wet in sunlight, you see more purples/reds/pinks.

SIZES: Most SMALL pieces (like for tumbling) are SOLD OUT. It is likely that most orders will have 3.5-5sizes OR LARGER, up to 6-8 possible (unless you contact us to request smaller specifically). A purchase of one pound will probably give you only 1 piece, maybe 2.

Back History: We previously thought this material could be a low grade Sugilite. We saw an ad for 'Rhodonite or Sugilite' lapidary rough. The photos looked like a beautiful pink Rhodonite. But when we saw the material in person, it was definitely more purple, not pink. The person we bought it from said it came from someone who had worked at what once was Kaiser Steel years ago (which had been located in that vicinity). That company would import Manganese from South Africa for its steel production. His guess was that this could be a low-grade Sugilite, brought over because of the Manganese.

U.S. shipping cost: $8.00

Purple Rough with Magnesite   Item: 4587   Price: $10.00  


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