Sugilite is deep reddish purple to purple, semi-transparent to opaque, complex silicate of alkali metals, iron, aluminium, etc. with water content. It is normally occurred in massive form with small crystals.
Sugilite can be confused with a similar appearing mineral called Sogdianite, which can be distinguished by specific gravity and presence of zirconium and titanium in Sogdianite. Sugilite is mainly sourced from Japan and South Africa. It is widely used as beads in jewelry making.