You can identify this stone by it’s rushing lavender and violet hues swirled around white patches. Often mistaken as a manmade stone, Charoite is a divine gift from Mother Nature found only in Siberia.
Charoite was first found in the 1940’s in the Charo River Valley of Eastern Siberia, Russia. This is still the only site in the world where Charoite has been discovered. In Russian the word “Chary” means “magic” or “charms”. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that this stone was introduced into the Western market.
Charoite is composed of several minerals including Charoite, there are only slight amounts of microcline feldspar, aergirine-augite and tinaksite. Charoite minerals are a complex silicate containing elements such as potassium, sodium, calcium, barium, strontium, oxygen, silicon and hydrogen. It’s distinguishing color captures all shades of purple ranging from lavender to deep violet to translucent and opaque. Another distinctive trait is the swirling cloud like patterns, which is created by fibrous crystals grouped in complex interlocking patterns. The other minerals present are responsible for the pale greenish grey, greenish black and prismatic orange crystals that can be seen in some specimens.
Charoite is formed from limestone by the process of contact metamorphism, ( a change in the structure or constitution of a rock due to natural agencies, as pressure and heat, especially when the rock becomes harder and more completely crystalline). This is a common geologic phenomenon, leaving many wondering why the circulation is limited. Researchers have found that the limestone in that area had a unique chemical composition, as did the intrusive rocks. However, gemologists have not been able to determine the exact chemical for the purple color.
Charoite is said to be the stone “for this age”, “assisting in the here and now”. Charoite’s healing prosperities include lifting energy when the body is exhausted, and assisting with deep sleep and powerful dreams.
Charoite inspires the Crown and Heart Chakras, integrating the energies to bring spiritual healing to the physical and emotional state.
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