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Nature of Material: The "Charoite" (CHAR-oh-ite) used as a gem material in a rock Composed of the mineral Charoite, Aegirineaugite, feldspar, and tinaksite; as a min¬eral Species, Charoite is in the monoclinic crystal system, with chemical composition: (K,Na)5(Ca,Ba,Sr)8(Si6O15)aSi4O9(OH,f) 11H2O

Appearance: Semi translucent to opaque purple, containing swirls and spots of black, gray, white, and brownish orange; fibrous. appearance

Phenomena: none
Variety and Trade Names

none known
Typical Size Range: large pieces available
Typical Cutting Styles: cabochons, beads, carvings
Optic Character: AGG, if not opaque Refractive Index: 1.550-1.559 (:1.: .002) - for mineral Charoite; other components may give different readings
Birefringence: .009
Pleochroism: none

Ultraviolet Fluorescence
inert to weak patchy red (LW); inert (SW)
Absorption Spectra: not diagnostic
Cause of Color: unknown
Specific Gravity: 2.68 (+ .10, -.14), varies with mineral content
Polish Luster: vitreous to waxy
Fracture: splintery to granular
Luster: dull
Cleavage: none

Identifying Characteristics
fibrous appearance, swirls of color
Hardness: 5 to 6
Toughness: fair
Reaction to Heat: undetermined
Stability to Light: stable
Reaction to Chemicals: undetermined

Availability: scarce Public Recognition: unfamiliar Major Sources: USSR Recommended Disclosures: Avoid rough handling.
The Meaning Of Charoite

CHAROITE –THE STONE to speeding up of healing.

General Gemstone Details
Charoite only became known in the world, just recently, and it of course was named for the location where it was discovered.
Discovered in Russia in 1978 in the Murun Mountains in Yakutia, to date, this the only known location for this rare mineral. The name Charoite is derived from the Chary River which is near where it was found. The colors range from bright lavender, violet and lilac to dark purple with swirling patterns of black Augite, transparent crystals of microcline feldspar, and/or orange Tinaksite. Charoite has quite an unusual look, with its chatoyancy and strange looking spirally strands of fibrous material that often it is mistaken for a synthetic gemstone.
The Mongols use the stone to make decorative objects, and on special feast days they would boil the stone in tea. This tea is then consumed by all members of the family in order to strengthen family ties and protect all it's members from evil. The Charoite stone is often confused with the fairly similar sugilite, although it is the charoite's characteristic light colored inclusions that are the main difference between the two stones.

Scientific Properties: Moh’s Hardness of 5 to 6 with a triclinic crystal structure. Charoite is an unusual mineral of quite rare occurrence. It is found today only in one location, along the Chary River at Aldan in Russia.

It formed from an alteration of limestones by the close presences of an alkali-rich nephline syenite intrusion. It is the heat, the pressure and more importantly, the infusion of unique chemicals into the rock that is responsible for the transformations into completely new minerals such as charoite.
Why charoite has not been found in other locations is not fully understood, but is is probably due to a combination of a chemically unique limestone reacting with a chemically unique intrusion and subjected to unique physical conditions. Charoite is used as an ornamental stone as well as a gemstone. It forms a swirling pattern of interlocking crystals. The color of charoite is described in many fashions, some of which include a stunning lavender, lilac, violet and/or purple color. All of those color descriptions are actually accurate as they all each probably present in every single swirly sample. The look of charoite is unlike any other minerals and can not be mistaken. It has the appearance of purple marble, but truly defies description. It would probably demand a much higher popularity if it were not for it's semi "synthetic" character. It simply looks unnaturally beautiful...too beautiful to be true....a purple stone, it is like finding a black flower...simply defies common sense....still, 'tis true!

Mystical Properties: Charoite is often called a 'stone of transformation' as well as a stone of power. In particular it transforms negative emotions such as anger and fear into positive feelings. As a part of the transformation process it allows release of those negative emotions, so one can change and move forward. Charoite is also known as a stone of inspiration, bringing enhanced creativity, spiritual grown and showing new possibilities in even the oldest situations. This is a stone that allows one to see clearly which brings with it enhanced self-esteem and helps release one from many victimizations. Charoite is known to enhance or bring courage, inner strength or appropriate assertiveness. In the psychic realm it is used for entity release and rescue work, as well as clairvoyance and prophesy.

Healing Properties: Physically, Charoite is known to be helpful for the speeding up of healing of all kinds, headaches, liver problems, alcohol detoxification, cramps, heart problems, eye problems, nerves and more. Any people working with X-rays should wear charoite to protect themselves from the radiation that may be present during their work hours.

Magical Properties
Energy: Not Noted
Element: Not Noted
Powers: Not Noted

Associations: Not Noted Not a Traditional Birthstone for any Month Not a stone of any particular star sign


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