Charoite was first officially recognized as an independent mineral in 1978.
It was formed in a unique geologic event, when limestone’s were altered by an intrusion of magmatic alkaline nephline syenites, which occurred over an area of only about four miles, along the Charo River (after which it takes its name), in the Murun mountains in Yakutia; east-central Siberia (Russia). 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 is so unusual looking that it is often mistaken for a synthetic. This beautiful and intriguing stone is used extensively in jewelry as an ornamental stone; often carved into boxes, bookends and vases. Used as well in jewelry and beads, it sold at extravagantly high prices when first introduced to the western market.
Charoite is said to enhance self-esteem, accelerate spiritual growth, and improve the ability to love. Cleanses and purifies the aura. Encourages self-exploration and new life plans. Helps strive to fulfill dreams. Promotes restful sleep and pleasant dreams. Soothes a restless spirit. Helps cope in times of major life changes. Relieves stress and headache. Helps perception and intuition. Enhances psychic ability. Helps bring magic and spiritual connection into daily life. A stone for inspiration and creative vision. Opens to higher vibrations, and new energies or ideas.
Composition: Hydrous Silicate;
made of potassium/sodium, calcium/barium and strontium.
Mohs-Scale Hardness: 5 - 6