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Appearance, Uses and History
Purpurite is an interesting mineral that can vary in colour from brownish black, through purple, all the way to a dark red.
It is sometimes cut into cabochons for jewellery but is more often sold as a mineral specimen. I think it would be a lot more popular if it wasn’t for its rarity, and how uncommon good quality specimens can be.
A fairly rare mineral, with locales in Australia, France, Namibia, Portugal, and the USA.
Photos of Purpurite
Hazards and Warnings
Almost all rocks, minerals (and, frankly, almost all other substances on earth) can produce toxic dust when cutting, which can cause serious respiratory conditions including silicosis.
When cutting or polishing rocks, minerals, shells, etc, all work should be done wet to minimise the dust, and a suitable respirator or extraction system should be used.
Mandarin and Traditional Chinese: