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 Charoite

 

Gemstone :
Charoite

Birthstone Month :
Charoite is not associated with any particular birthstone month.

Zodiac :
Charoite is not associated with any particular zodiac sign.

Chemical Symbol :
(CaKNa)3Si4O10(OHF)H2O

Chemical Make-up :
Charoite is a silicate of complex composition. It has been described as a Hydrated Potassium, Sodium, Calcium, Barium, Strontium, Silicate Hydroxyfluoride.

History & Lore :
Charoite was first discovered in 1947, though it wasn't until 1978 that it became known in the gem market. Charoite is named after the Charo River in Russia, where the world's only known deposit lies.

Charoite is believed to dissolve negative energies and replace them with more empowering, positive energies. It is also believed to help those dealing with fear, particularly fear associated with major life changes. In addition to this, Charoite is believed to reduce stress and worry, enhance self-esteem, and provide spiritual growth.

Availability :
Charoite is a rare mineral and is mined in just one location in the world. Regardless of this fact, prices remain modest.

Sources :
Charoite is mined solely in the Murun mountains in Yakutia, Russia.

To this day it is not known for certain why Charoite deposits are not found elsewhere. It is most likely due to a combination of a chemically unique limestone reacting with a chemically unique intrusion and then being subjected to unique physical conditions.

 

Evaluation :
Charoite is rated at 5 – 6 on the Moh's Scale of Hardness and should be worn and stored with care as it is a relatively soft gemstone.

Charoite is one of the few gemstones that gemologists feel confident in making an identification on by sight. The colors range from bright lavender, violet, lilac, to dark purple, with swirling patterns that form due to fibrous crystals being arranged in complex interlocking patterns. These swirling patterns of fibrous material give Charoite such a distinctive and unusual look that it is often mistaken for a synthetic. Some specimens will even exhibit a level of chatoyancy that gives the stone a silky or pearly luster.

The saturation of the color, distinctiveness and beauty of the patterns, and the design in which it is formed are all important factors to consider when purchasing Charoite. Stones exhibiting chatoyancy will demand a premium.

Common Cuts :
Charoite is most commonly cut into cabochons and beads. It is also used for decorative objects and carvings.

Routine Enhancements :
There are no known enhancements for Charoite.

Care & Cleaning :
Charoite jewelry should always be stored in a fabric-lined box away from other jewelry items in order to avoid chipping and scratching.

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