Purpurite is a Manganese Iron phosphate mineral with varying amounts of Iron depending upon its source. It occurs in colour ranges from brownish black via purple and violet to dark red.


Purpurite forms a series with the Iron-bearing endmember heterosite, FePO4. We obtain Purpurite from Namibia.


Purpurite doesn't form crystals but rather occurs as a beautiful metallic chatoyancy in veins and along fracture plains of the host rock.


Excellent rare specimens for collectors. Purpurite is a manganese iron phosphate mineral.

Metallic Purple Purpurite (Namibia)

  • Locality = Namibia 
    Grade = Good to A Grade

    Average Size 

    A= 9cm x 5cm x 3cm=272g

    B= 7cm x 4cm x 5cm=213g

    C= 6cm x 6cm x 5cm=236g

    D= 7cm x 6cmx 6cm=572g

    E= 7cm x 7cm x 4cm=476g

    F= 9cm x 7cm x 4cm =361g


    Each crystal that comes out of the ground is unique in its own way, you will never find two the same, this does mean that colours, shapes and sizes vary and by nature crystals do have imperfections.