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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.


Mystery Purple Lapidary Rough

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

Mystery Purple Lapidary Rough

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This is a rough, uncut piece of some beautiful purple and black material we acquired from an old collection. The material is hard and does take a polish, possibly more like a rhyolite. We had it analyzed and for a better understanding of what some of it is, and what we still do not know, read that information here - Item #4587 below . This piece of it weighs 4 lbs, 5.5 ounces (1.97 kgs), and measures 5 1/2" x 4" x 1-3".

U.S. shipping cost: $8.00

Mystery Purple Lapidary Rough   Item# 4936   Price: $38.25  


Mystery Purple Lapidary Rough

4 1/2 lb Piece of Patterned Purple Rough

Mystery Purple Lapidary Rough

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This is another piece of the old stock purple and black mystery lapidary material we acquired. It has different patterns in it from the black mixed in with a darker purple and an area of pinkish-purple as well. Most of this material is hard and does take a polish, possibly more like a rhyolite. It weighs 4 lbs, 7 ounces (2.01 kgs), and measures roughly 5" x 5 1/2" x 2". You can read more about what it is and is not according to GIA analysis results here - Item #4587 below.

U.S. shipping cost: $8.00

Mystery Purple Lapidary Rough   Item# 4937   Price: $40.50  


Mystery Purple Lapidary Slab

Small Mystery Purple Slab with Wonderful Patterns

Mystery Purple Lapidary Slab

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This is an unpolished slice from the purple mystery material we have. It has some really neat pattern potential in it, whether keeping this one as a very neat specimen slab, or creating cabochons with it. It measures roughly 2 3/4" x 3" x 7-8 mm thick. It weighs 112 grams, or 3.9 ounces. You can read more about what it is and is not according to GIA analysis results here - Item #4587 below. First Class USPS shipping available on request if preferred, just ask.

U.S. shipping cost: $8.00

Mystery Purple Lapidary Slab   Item# 4598   Price: $5.00  


Mystery Purple Lapidary Slab

Mystery Purple Lapidary Slab - More Available

Mystery Purple Lapidary 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

Mystery Purple Lapidary Slab   Item# 4905   Price: $old  

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Mystery Purple Lapidary Rough

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

Mystery Purple Lapidary Rough

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PLEASE READ GIA ANALYSIS DETAILS BELOW, not all of this is Dumortierite or Tourmaline. These are pieces of some beautiful purple (some purple/pink) with black uncut rough material we acquired from an old collection. We are offering it by the pound. 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 (which was the purple overall) is mostly fine-grained, and that they couldn’t take the identification any further. We do not know how much of the material has the Dumortierite in it (which we think are the small blue spots). (The pieces have a lot of weight, we still think a lot of that is from Manganese.)

The material is hard and does take a polish, possibly like a rhyolite. It is a beautiful purple of varying intensities, some areas have a little pink. While some of the larger pieces have some areas of solid-looking color, nearly all have some black mixed in with the purple and some even have tiny orbs. There are pink tones in some of it, and when photographed wet in sunlight, you see more purples/reds/pinks. Almost all pieces have the black matrix material.

SIZES: Most SMALL pieces (like for tumbling) are SOLD OUT. It is likely that most orders will have at least 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 and all pieces will probably contain a good amount of the black.

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

Mystery Purple Lapidary Rough   Item: 4587   Price: $10.00  


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