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May 11 2006 at 11:35 AM
Robert  (Login floppa21)
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Response to Dial Materials- What are they?

Named for a Japanese geologist, Ken-ichi Sugi. who discovered it in 1944. It has a very distinctive opaque purple color and has been described as a 'purple turquoise' due to it's look, although there is no relation between the two minerals. Gem quality sugilite can be quite rare and thus can fetch a high price.

Generally found in Iwagi Island, Shikoku, Japan as well as Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada, the most important occurrence was found in 1975 in the Kalahari Desert, Northern South Africa. In 1979 a large deposit of gem grade sugilite was found 3200 feet below the original discovery.

It is said that sugilite strengthens the heart, aids physical healing and reduces stress. It is a balancer of mind, body and spirit and encourages peace of mind, a general feeling of well being and spiritual love. Sugilite also protects against and dissipates anger and other negative energies. (this also sounds like a good dial material for me!)

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