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Fluorite (lavender) 'dolphin pod' Sugilite rough fish (superior carving)
The photos do the color & carving justice, but can't capture the soft feel unique to lavender Fluorite. First image highlights the darks, which are more purple in reality, while the 2nd image is more saturated, due to bright light (that brings out the gemmy parts)...think between them for the true-to-the-eye color. This exquisite carved fish jumping out of the waves, is nestled onto a "mountainside" of black stone (the Manganese, I believe, that is ultimately of higher demand nowadays - for it's quantity and marketability - by the miners). This particular piece has exceptionally good energy, even on the black side (which usually feels "inert" vibrationally, in other occurances). Still, because so much of it is black, I'm charging only $7 a gram. Essentially all Sugilite was mined in the early 80's (or before), and comes out of old collections. Most will tell you: nothing new's coming out of the ground. It is virtually absent from most stores, shows & dealers' selections. For that reason - because it's so rare - my starting SRP is always $10 per gram (higher for pink gel material). Though lesser samples can be found more cheaply, I pick and showcase a good number of the best pieces available, which represents a strong belief in the stone's value. Still, and am open to negotiation - depending on the market, and availability - and I will at least consider serious offers (particularly from collectors and those who appreciate this stone's unique metaphysical qualities).