Vintage rare Sugalite carved pendant depicting a Monkey picking fruit. pdgm123(e)j-gm-pd123
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A pendant carved from Sugilite in the form of a monkey. This mini treasure is of the finest color deep (Welch’s Concord Grape Juice saturation) – a true unctuous purple....
A pendant carved from Sugilite in the form of a monkey. This mini treasure is of the finest color deep (Welch’s Concord Grape Juice saturation) – a true unctuous purple. This piece is of Chinese Master Carver caliber and perfectly conveys the spirit of a mischievous monkey grabbing fruit from a vine. Both front and reverse are different but in keeping with the theme. The design wraps entirely around the carving. Sugilite Is a rare purple mineral that was first discovered in 1944. This material was not suitable for ornamentation and it was not until 1979 when it was re-discovered in the Southern Kalahari Desert of South Africa. In 1980 Sugilite was classified as a rare gem, which, according to supply and demand economics, resulted in a price increase. And into the next century, today prices are commensurate with the extreme rarity. Sugilite gets its attractive purple color from traces of Manganese. It can range in color from pinkish purple to deep bluish-purple. The most highly valued Sugilite gemstones are a uniform intense purple. A great deal of Sugilite has patches, veins or layers. This carving is the rarer intense purple variety and priced accordingly. Circa 1970's Measurement: 1-1/8 x 7/8 x 3/16 inches Source: South Africa Carving: Chinese