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What are purple gemstones called?

Purple stone is the golden mean between the fountain of energy of red gems and the tranquility of blue crystals. It’s amazing how such opposite features can be combined in these fascinating minerals. Violet minerals have special meaning. For example, they have no gender; such crystals combine both feminine and masculine principles. For a long time, wearing purple-colored gems was the prerogative of church ministers: the color symbolizes the purity of the soul, as well as the sincerity of thoughts. As a rule, violet shades are characteristic of those minerals that contain manganese. The higher the substance content in the crystal, the richer its color. Among the minerals of purple shades there are precious, semi-precious and ornamental samples (not used in jewelry). The variety of structures and colors of stones can amaze any imagination.

Almandine – a talisman of fidelity

  • India;
  • Brazil;
  • Canada;
  • Tanzania;
  • USA;
  • Austria;
  • Japan;
  • Celtic Peninsula.

The gem has magical and healing properties. Like garnet itself, almandine is a stone of passion. However, unlike other varieties of the mineral, almandine symbolizes a calm and devoted feeling. His energy is extremely positive.

It is believed that it can protect you from troubles while traveling. Almandine drives away fears, sadness and calms, so it is recommended for highly emotional people to wear jewelry with it.

In alternative medicine, the mineral is used to treat skin diseases and wounds. In addition, the crystal affects the pancreas, heart, blood vessels and liver. When worn for a long time, it increases immunity, improves metabolism and vision.

Almandine is not for nothing called the stone of passion; it enhances sexual desire and prevents sexual dysfunction. Lithotherapists use the gem to treat impotence and frigidity.

This purple mineral is not suitable for all zodiac signs. So, people born under the sign of Cancer and Pisces should beware of jewelry with almandine. But the gem is ideal for Leos and Capricorns. Scorpios can wear jewelry, but only occasionally, otherwise the crystal may have a negative influence on the difficult character of these people.

Brittle kunzite

The purple-colored gem was discovered in the early 20th century and named after the naturalist George Kunz who discovered it.

Not all types of stone are precious. Samples used in jewelry are mined in countries such as:

  • Afghanistan;
  • USA (California);
  • Brazil;
  • Pakistan;
  • the island of Madagascar.

The stone is very fragile. Not all samples are suitable for cutting, and considerable skill is required from the jeweler when working with the mineral. Therefore, jewelry with kunzite is very rare and expensive.

The part of the mineral that is not suitable for making jewelry is used in industrial applications. For example, it is an integral part of lithium production. The use of kunzite in glass making gives it shine and improves its reflectivity. Single crystals of a special shape and color are coveted prizes for collectors.

Over the 100 years that people have known the mineral, many have noted its positive effect on the owner. Wearing kunzite brings peace and helps you stay in harmony with yourself and others. It reveals positive traits in the character of its owner. It is believed that if you give a crystal as a toy to a child, he will grow up to be a kind and decent person.

Lithotherapists recommend this purple crystal to people who suffer from diseases of the cardiovascular system. It is best to wear pendants with kunzite so that it is as close to the heart as possible.

The gem helps restore physical and spiritual strength after surgery and long-term illness. Relieves depression and insomnia.

It has no negative influence, therefore it is suitable for absolutely all people, regardless of gender, age and zodiac sign. The mineral is especially favorable to representatives of such signs as Taurus, Leo and Scorpio.

Unique charoite

Semi-precious lilac mineral with a unique, unusual pattern. The crystal is mined in one and only place – in Russia, more precisely, in the Irkutsk region. No more deposits have been found containing deposits of the mineral or its elements.

Charoite has a pearlescent luster. The variety of veins of different purple shades does not allow creating a copy of a natural mineral.

There are several varieties of charoite. In jewelry, a transparent mineral without foreign inclusions is used. Such stones have a particularly clear pattern. They are used to make everyday jewelry at a relatively low price. The mineral with foreign impurities is used in the production of souvenirs. Purple stones, called charoitite, are used as facing material. This is the cheapest type of mineral.

The stone symbolizes wisdom and balance. Talismans with charoite bestow prudence and peace of mind. They are able to develop intuition and protect against loneliness. Since ancient times, it was believed that for harmony in the family, newly-made spouses should be given figurines made from this mineral. Charms containing charoite are called keepers of peace.

Charoite favors creative people and is suitable for poets and artists. In addition, it is often called the stone of intelligence.

Like all purple crystals, charoite has the ability to calm the nervous system and protect against stress. It is often used to treat diseases of the musculoskeletal system and fractures. This is one of the few minerals that has an analgesic effect. It is enough to apply a stone to the damaged area, and the pain will subside.

The gem is suitable for Libra, Aries, Virgo and Gemini. But it is not recommended for Taurus, Cancer and Sagittarius.

Sugilite – young crystal

Sugilite is another purple gemstone. It was found in 1945 and is the youngest among all jewelry stones. Sugilite also has another “name” – wesselite, derived from the name of the place where the mineral was mined, the Wesseles mine. The stone has a wide range of colors – from delicate to deep dark purple with a glassy sheen.

The stone was first found in Japan, on the island of Shikoku. However, truly valuable specimens are mined in South Africa and the Kalahari Desert. Minor deposits of sugilite have been found in countries such as:

  • Australia;
  • India;
  • Italy;
  • Tajikistan.

Purple stones, thanks to their mesmerizing color, have always been popular with magicians and healers. Sugilite is a strong talisman that can protect against negative influences from the outside. It absorbs any negative energy it encounters.

It is also believed that the stone fills a person with determination and grants success in the professional field. The talisman is especially favorable to people of creative professions.

The healing properties of the mineral have also been studied. First of all, sugilite restores a person’s psychological state. Can treat migraines and disorders of the cardiovascular system. However, you should not overuse the effects of the crystal; it can cause chronic fatigue.

The gem is able to establish an energetic connection with a person. Therefore, it is believed that the stone itself chooses its owner. Most often, Sugilite favors Aquarius, Virgo and Sagittarius. But the crystal is not hostile, and there are no contraindications to wearing it. Therefore, the decoration will suit any zodiac sign.

Precious and “semi-precious” stones of violet and lilac color are a series of minerals with colors ranging from pink-lilac to purple and deep lilac; such stones are rarely found in nature. Purple tones are credited with simultaneously possessing the energy of red and the calmness of blue. Gems of this color are used by many jewelry designers in a variety of combinations. In this article we will consider transparent jewelry varieties of both well-known minerals and rarer ones.

Find out about the main reason for color in gemstones and its main components in our article on DK color.

Lilac spodumene kunzite

In the photo: kunzite from Afghanistan, 8,82 carats

Lilac kunzite is a jewelry variety of spodumene. It received its name in honor of Tiffany & Co gemologist J.F. Kunz, who discovered this gem at the beginning of the 20th century. The color of kunzite is often very light, from pink to purple with a bluish tint. Most kunzites, which have a pale pink-violet color, are inexpensive stones. If the color is saturated with a predominance of pink and a minimum of purple, then such specimens can cost several times more. The main countries where kunzite is mined today are Afghanistan and Pakistan. They are also mined in Brazil, the USA and Madagascar. Kunzite jewelry is most popular in the United States.


In the photo: cushion-cut tanzanite weighing 8,31 carats

Tanzanite is a relatively new gem, mined in Tanzania since 1967. The name of this variety of zoisite was given by the head of the jewelry company Tiffany & Co. Henry B. Platt. Tanzanite colors: blue, blue-violet, violet, bluish-lavender. The best examples resemble blue sapphires and are highly prized. Initially, the color of tanzanite has brownish, greenish shades, and only after heating the samples acquire more saturated blue-violet tones. Unrefined tanzanites are rarely found on the world market. They are characterized by light shades of blue, purple, green or brownish. At the same time, different colors can be observed in the same specimen from different sides. This is a manifestation of the strong pleochroism characteristic of tanzanites.


In the photo: Brazilian amethyst weighing more than 20 carats

Amethyst is the name of the most popular purple “semi-precious” stone. It is a type of quartz mineral. The color of amethyst can be either very light or quite dense. Lilac, bluish and purple shades stand out. Amethysts are characterized by the presence of color zoning in the form of alternating light and dark stripes. In jewelry, this inexpensive gem can often be represented in large specimens with good clarity. In the old days, icon frames were often decorated with amethysts. A large amethyst also adorns the crown of the Queen of England. The main countries supplying amethysts to the world market are Brazil and Uruguay.

Lilac and purple spinel

In the photo: Burmese spinel 3,92 carats

Lilac and violet spinels are characteristic of deposits in Burma, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. There is also a light “lavender” spinel, which can reveal very beautifully the play of light in the form of colored flashes. Although spinel is a mineral that comes in a wide variety of colors. The cost of such spinel can be measured in thousands of dollars per carat. Spinels sometimes have a color changing effect. In daylight they may appear dark blue, but in incandescent light they may take on violet and purple hues. Most lilac spinels are dark, so medium-light, rich, faceted examples with good clarity are highly prized.

Sapphire violet and purple color

Pictured: purple-violet sapphire 4,38 carats, Sri Lanka

Violet or lilac sapphire is one of the expensive and rare varieties of the corundum mineral. For the best purple sapphires, there is a commercial name for the color – “purple cardinal”. Please note that some sapphires that exhibit a color shifting effect may show a distinct purple tint under incandescent light. In daylight they usually look dark blue. There are also violet sapphires that have an asterism effect. When processed in cabochon form, a six- or twelve-rayed star is visible on the surface of such sapphires. Mining of violet sapphires is mainly carried out in Sri Lanka and Madagascar.

What other stones can be purple and lilac?

Very expensive natural topazes, which are found in Brazil and Pakistan, can also have a pinkish-purple color. Lilac shades are also characteristic of rare untreated copper-containing Paraiba tourmalines from Mozambique. After the heating procedure they become bright blue. There are also bluish-violet iolites (cordierites), they are mined in India, Tanzania and Madagascar. Among the garnet varieties, rhodolites from Tanzania, Mozambique and Sri Lanka have pink-violet, lilac and purple hues. Among the ornamental stones, charoite found in Russia has a lilac color, and some chalcedony has a bluish-violet color. The most expensive gemstone, which can have a purple and lilac color, is a diamond. It is worth noting that some of the best lilac diamonds are found in Russian deposits.

In the photo: Indian iolite weighing 10,70 carats

You can get acquainted with stones of various colors in the Gem Lovers catalog.

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