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Feel free and totally alive and in love with life itself.

Learn the lessons, and forgive yourself and others.

Transform your life and relationships with ease.

Accept yourself and know you are truly loveable.

Let Sugilite reveal all things are possible with love!


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Healing Properties of Sugilite

Spiritual: Sugilite has an exquisite vibration that sings of hope, love, and the deep knowledge that Light will always triumph over Darkness. Sugilite is also a powerful protective stone which blocks negative energy and makes us feel truly free. It teaches us how to live happily from our own truth and how to love wisely and well. Sugilite is attuned to ALL of the Chakras, but is particularly stimulating to the Heart, Third Eye and Crown and linked to the astrological sign of Virgo. It is connected to the element of Wind and vibrates to the numbers 2, 3, and 7.

Emotional: Sugilite encourages us to believe in ourselves and to love our own unique energies. It is a wonderful stone for anyone who feels like a misfit or misunderstood, and helps us to let go of societal expectations and instead dance to our own drum. Sugilite dissolves fear and gives us courage to face life as it really is – and to see how we can take steps to improve it. It encourages both forgiveness and loving communication. During grief work, it has a soothing and sweet energy.

Mental: Sugilite is a very positive stone for the mind, helping us to focus on positive solutions and situations, rather than dwelling on the negative. It is particularly helpful for showing us the patterns, in our thinking and our actions, that most strongly effect our life. Sugilite helps us to acknowledge bad habits, forgive ourselves, and start actively creating new habits. Sugilite’s happy energy also stimulates our creative instincts, encouraging us to think outside of the box and work real magic in our lives and for our world.  It is a sweet talisman for anyone with anxiety, particularly if the anxiety is bleeding over into nightmares.  Sugilite helps us to distinguish between what is real and what is false, and to gently redirect our thoughts in productive and positive directions.

Physical: Sugilite is recommended for anyone exploring the awesome power of the brain.  It is a wonderful talisman for anyone dealing with a brain disorder, from mild dyslexia to severe schizophrenia.  Sugilite helps us to appreciate how truly strange the brain is and to find workaround solutions so that we can happily participate in a neurotypical world.  Sugilite gently reminds us that we aren’t “dumb” or “broken” just because our brain is firing in a different way than other people.  Sugilite can also help us to explore the mind-body connection, particular during meditations focused on sending healing energy to various parts of the physical body.  

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Mineralogy of Sugilite

Rough Sugilite

Rough Sugilite, Wessels Mine, Northern Cape Province, South Africa

Mineral Family: Cyclosilicates

Chemical Composition: KNa2(Fe,Mn,Al)2Si12O30H20
Cleavage: Poor
Color: Pink, purple, or brownish-yellow
Crystal System: Hexigonal
Form/Habit: Massive
Fracture: Subconchoidal
Gravity: 2.7-2.8
Hardness: 5.5-6.5
Luminescence: Usually none
Luster: Vitreous

Streak: White
Transparency: Translucent to opaque

Location: The most important Sugilite deposit is located in South Africa. However, Sugilite has also been found in Australia, Canada, India, Italy, and Japan.  Sugilite Mine Locations

Mineral Family: Sugilite is a Silicate mineral. Silicate minerals are the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals. Sugilite belongs to the Cyclosilicate group which includes Tourmaline and Beryls (including Emerald and Aquamarine)

Formation: Sugilite is typically formed in metamorphosed Manganese deposits and sometimes in marble. It is usually granular, but on rare occasions does form small prismatic crystals. The vivid purple or pink coloring is from the Manganese.

Mining: Sugilite is a secondary stone found in Manganese mines. While it has been found in various locations, virtually all of the Sugilite on the market is from South African mines.

African Rainbow Minerals, Manganese Mine in South Africa

African Rainbow Minerals, Manganese (& Sugilite) Mine, S. Africa

Enhancements: All Sugilites on the market are fully natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.

Synonyms: Lavulite, Luvulite, Royal Lavulite, Royal Azel

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Rough Sugilite, Mine, S. Africa

History of Sugilite

Sugilite is a relatively “new” healing stone whose healing properties have only recently been explored.  It was originally discovered in Japan in 1944, by Ken-ichi Sugi, for whom the stone is named. Most people mispronounce the name, which is properly pronounced with a soft “g” like “geese” rather than a hard “g” like “genie”.

Brown Sugilite

Brown Sugilite

The Japanese Sugilites were of the brown-yellow variety and received very little attention. Some years later, a vivid purple stone, initially called Lavulite or Luvulite, was found in South Africa. In 1976, it was determined that the yellow-brown stones in Japan and the purple stones in South Africa were in fact the same stone! At this point the original name, Sugilite, became the official name.  However, some sellers continue to use the other names, even when referring to Sugilite found outside of Africa. Purple Sugilite has been very popular since the 1980s and is considered one of the “New Age Stones” that represent the current Age of Aquarius.

Photos: Brown Sugilite

Ethically Sourced  Sugilite


The Miners sell to a Gem Dealer

The Gem Dealer sells to a Lapidary.

The Laboratory sells to a US Importer. 

The Importer sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.

Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.






The Supply Chain

The Supply Chain is complicated but likely clean.

The Mine and Laboratory are most likely in the same country.  The Importer is based in a different country. 

At least two middle-men are involved.



The Mine

This Sugilite is most likely from Wessels Mine, a small mine in South Africa.  

The mine has a low environmental impact and conditions are safe for miners.  

Learn More: Ethical Mining



The Lapidary & Importer

It is unknown exactly which lapidary polished this Sugilite.  

Based on the style of the tumbling, it was likely tumbled in South Africa.  

The Importer is a family business which specialize in Turquoise and other rare stones.

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary


Sourcing Relationship

I first encountered the US importer at the 2019 Denver Gem Show.  I was waiting for another source to finish boxing up my purchase and was wandering around looking at nearby vendors.  There are certain colors that are immediately identifiable and Sugilite purple is one of them.  I saw a large basket of tumbled Sugilite sitting next to a large basket of “Sleeping Beauty” Turquoise, another immediately identifiable color!  The rest of the table was covered in Turquoise from locations around the world.  The stones were owned by a married couple who have been in the gem industry for almost 30 years.  They specialize in Turquoise and were happy to teach me more about this fabulous stone and let me handpick stones from their baskets.

The amount of middlemen involved does give me pause.  I only purchase stones from sources like this if I can’t find the stone elsewhere and I am confident about the mining and lapidary conditions for the countries in question.  In this case, the color of the Sugilite and the style of tumbling make me confident they are of South African origin.

Safe Handling of Sugilite



What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Sugilite

Selection Process: The stone I select for you will be carefully chosen for its beauty and appeal.  If combined with other stones, I always take time to choose stones that look and feel good together.

Origin: South Africa

Polishing Method: Drum polished. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.


  • Color: Purple
  • Polish: Shiny and Smooth
  • Quality: AA
  • Shape: Irregular natural shapes
  • Size: Average size varies.
    • Large is 1 in/25 mm
    • Small is .75 in / 19 mm
  • Transparency: Opaque
  • Weight: Average weight varies.
    • Large is 0.3 oz / 8.5 g / 42 carats
    • Small is 0.1 oz / 3 g / 14 carats

Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days.  International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.


  1. Robert M. (Florida)

    Absolutely love this stone!!! I was not sure exactly how big it would be but it was a really good size for pocket carry and I have had trouble finding sugulite pieces locally. I carry this with me everyday in order to help me in my journey. Thank you!

  2. Rebecca K. (Ohio)

    Beautiful, high quality crystal. I have purchased at least a handful of crystals from this shop in a short amount of time. Julie is passionate and knows her stuff. I love that she only purchases crystals that have been ethically sourced.

  3. Angie Saul (Ohio)

    As always, so much fun shopping at Moonrise Crystals! Got my package yesterday. The Sugilite is a very precious reminder of my dear friend! I love the energy!

  4. Kristin J. (Georgia)

    Today I had the pleasure of opening my own latest package of crystalline goodness from your shop :). I am officially in love with everything you picked out for me. Thank you. Julie!

    I cannot decide which of the crystals feels the best today. Every time I hold one of them and switch to another my brain just sighs with happiness. The sugilite is so super spready and gorgeous that for a moment I was convinced it had to be the prettiest piece of charoite I’d ever seen. I literally double-checked my order to be sure.

  5. Michelle S. (North Dakota)

    The sugilite you sent just arrived. I love it. It looks like a little Dutch shoe, and it’s the color of the delphiniums. Be-witching, be-wizarding purple.

  6. Marla H. (Colorado)


  7. Brooke F. (Texas)

    Perfect transaction. Wonderful place to buy from! Thank you for being you!!<3

  8. Marne G. (New York)

    Beautifully packaged, good communication!

  9. Lori B. (Colorado)

    Thanks for the special combo. Every single stone is perfect. Thanks, Julie!

  10. Jennifer S. (Colorado)

    Really beautiful sugilite crystal! I just love the markings! Excellent customer service and super fast shipping. Thank you!

  11. Tommie W. (Texas)

    A+ Thanks!

  12. Jennifer S. (Colorado)

    Good tumbled sugilite is so difficult to come by, but I knew you wouldn’t disappoint me. The stone looks black at first glance, but I took it into the sunlight, and found out it was mainly purple and brown with little dark rivers running through it. I love it! It is so hard to put down!

  13. Kimberly K. (Pennsylvania)

    It arrived quickly and it looks and feels great.

  14. Patti N. (Texas)

    I received the Sugilite today and I just love it! Exquisite in every way—it feels good in the hand and so smooth. The colors are fabulous—I looked at it in the sunlight like you said and couldn’t believe my eyes! It will be one of my favorite stones and I thank you so much for picking such a beautiful one for me. What a good eye you have—-all of your crystals are memorable. You made my day. I shine a flashlight on it too just to admire the markings—had no idea a Sugilite could be that beautiful.

  15. Patti N. (Texas)

    Oh my!! This Sugilite is beautiful. Very happy and thank you so much. A++++++

  16. Deanna Sava

    Beautiful color, size, shape and energy of the Sugilite that Julie consciously selected for me. Have purchased a number of stones from Moonrise Crystals and have loved them all. Great service, fast shipment, and prompt communication. I highly recommend Moonrise Crysrals.

  17. Vince M. (Colorado)

    Received the stones this week. Sugilite are spectacular! Hope they help me with my challenges!

  18. Kelley F. (Arizona)

    Gorgeous deep color ! Highly recommended seller, been before–will be back!

  19. Lucy Z. (Indiana)

    Lovely stone shipped quick from a delightful seller-Many many thanks!

  20. Shirley B. (California)

    Gorgeous specimen! I highly recommend..great seller! Thank you!

  21. Johnny W. (Ohio)

    beautiful stone, timely delivery, Great seller!! A+++

  22. Bonnie T. (California)

    Beautiful stones. My second purchase from seller. Fast shipping. Thanks!

  23. Angelina B. (Minnesota)

    Thank you!!! Great great great service!!!!

  24. Kelly W. (Minnesota)

    Wonderful stones! Thank you and brightest blessings 🙂

  25. Bonnie T. (California)

    Beautiful stones! Good size! Super smooth transaction. Fast shipping. Thanks!

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