26 Types of Purple Gemstones in Jewelry

Sugilite

Also known as lavulite, sugilite is a violet to purple gemstone first described in 1944 for an occurrence in Japan. Though mostly found as opaque rock, the purple stone also forms crystals, which are translucent to transparent in clarity. While found in several localities around the world, the purple gem is still relatively rare, and accordingly more expensive than other opaque semi-precious stones.

Sugilite
A rough sugilite rock
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A rough charoite
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Charoite

Charoite is a violet gemstone varying in shade from lavender to purple. The violet stone is translucent in clarity with a pearly luster, and hardness of 5 to 6 in the Mohs scale. Found only in Siberia, this violet gem is rather rare. Sometimes spelled charolite, charoite was named after the Chara River in Russia.

Opal Fluorite

Also known as opalite and Tifanny stone, opal fluorite is a purple gemstone with swirls of lavender and white, earning the gemstone the nickname ice cream opal. This purple rock consists mostly of opalized stone, mixed with other minerals like quartz and chalcedony. A rather rare mineral, the purple stone is found only in Utah, USA.

A geode of purple agate
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Purple Agate

The banded form of chalcedony, agate also occurs with purple bands. Popular varieties of agate known to produce purple stones include Botswana and Brazilian agate. Agate in general is a traditional birthstone for the months of May and June. In astrology, agate is the birthstone of Gemini, whilst also associated with Libra. See also Agate: Stone of Prudence.

Raw lavender chalcedony
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Lavender Chalcedony

Chalcedony is the opaque to translucent variety of quartz. Though the name also applies to onyx, carnelian, agate and other varieties, the trade name chalcedony refers to white and blue chalcedony. When bluish white chalcedony is a shade closer to red, this is called lavender chalcedony. Chalcedony is a traditional birthstone for June. In astrology, the gemstone is associated with the zodiac sign Cancer. See also Chalcedony: Stone of Virtue.

Lavender jade
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Purple Jade

While most popular in green, jade also occurs as purple stones. The violet stones come from the variety of jade called jadeite (the other, chemically unrelated variety being nephrite). This purple stone is rather rare, though still less valuable than the commonly occurring green jadeite. In astrology, jade is a birthstone for Virgo. See also Jade: Stone of Fortune.

Purple Jasper Bracelet

Purple Jasper

While most commonly red, jasper also occurs as purple stones. This semiprecious purple stone is a variety of chalcedony, which is an opaque to translucent form of quartz. Jasper in general is a traditional birthstone for March. In astrology, jasper is associated with the zodiac sign Aries.

Purple lepidolite
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Purple Lepidolite

Beside yellow and pink, lepidolite is a mineral that occurs as lavender, lilac and purple stones. This violet gemstone is transparent to translucent in clarity and glassy in luster. The weakness of this violet crystal lies in its hardness, which is only 2.5 to 3 in the Mohs scale: rather unsuitable for jewelry.

Purple Gemstones in Jewelry

Do you like to wear purple gems in your ornaments? Purple gemstones make rich, elegant jewelry, cool yet striking at the same time.

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