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.traveller.
17-10-2007, 12:53
I've had this for a while in my jewelry box but don't know what it is, does anyone know?

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j88/traveller_photos/purplething001.jpg

Tarotphelia
17-10-2007, 14:21
Might be amethyst or a dark purple fluorite , but it's very hard to tell.

willowfox
17-10-2007, 14:22
Hard to see the colour as your picture has come out small.

Master_Margarita
17-10-2007, 14:22
Pretty, whatever it is.

M~

Wonderwoman
17-10-2007, 15:34
for Amethyst..and a very intense one too...do not put it underneath your pillow tonight...

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.traveller.
18-10-2007, 00:12
The picture/scan is life sized. I'll try to get a better picture tonight. It's opaque, really opaque, I've never seen an amethyst that wasn't at least partially translucent.

tarot4fun
18-10-2007, 00:29
Traveller~ that is a really pretty crystal. :)

Do you think maybe it has been manipulated or enhanced, maybe dyed?

Suz :heart:

BodhiSeed
18-10-2007, 00:29
My guess would be sugilite or charoite. :)
Some various shades of sugilite cabs:
http://www.metaphysicalrealm1.com/sugilite1.html

Bodhran

Elnor
18-10-2007, 04:24
It does look like the sugilite in the pictures that Bodran posted... it's a lovely colour, whatever it is.

elnor

.traveller.
18-10-2007, 10:52
Here's the better picture:
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j88/traveller_photos/purplething002.jpg

Traveller~ that is a really pretty crystal. :)

Do you think maybe it has been manipulated or enhanced, maybe dyed?

Suz :heart:

Thank you :)
I don't think it is dyed because the color isn't uniform throughout, but I don't know for sure. The colors range from almost black to maroon to purple to lavendar. There are a couple of specks of translucent lavendar through the point... barely detectable.

My guess would be sugilite or charoite.
Some various shades of sugilite cabs:
http://www.metaphysicalrealm1.com/sugilite1.html

Bodhran

I wondered about the sugilite but it is supposed to be rare? What's the difference between the light lavendar pieces and the dark purple/magenta ones? Is the lavendar the gem quality? Mine looks more like the sugilite than the charoite, it's not so swirly or blue.

tarot4fun
18-10-2007, 11:56
Here's the better picture:
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j88/traveller_photos/purplething002.jpgIt's beautiful. :)

:heart:

BodhiSeed
18-10-2007, 12:09
I'm fairly sure you've got sugilite after looking at the scan you posted. Sugilite used to be considered rare (and most ebayers still call it that :D). It was originally discovered in Japan, and then a large amount was discovered in South Africa. Other places such as Canada have found it as well. I would consider it to be "hard to find" probably. This mineral is usually opaque (no light passes through), but can ocassionally be translucent. It can be purple, pink, brown or black, but generally the pink and the purple stones are the ones that are marketed. The deeper purple is the most cherished of all!

Bodhran

.traveller.
18-10-2007, 12:23
Thank You! That clears up that mystery! I bought it in the early 90's at a gem show with the idea that I would get it set into a pendant. Obviously, I never got around to taking it to a jeweller. (I wonder if I can buy a cap for it and set it myself...hmm)