Nov 25, 2011

A to Z of Gemstones - C is for Charoite

Charoite is an unusual and rare mineral named after the Chara River in Siberia, Russia. It was discovered by the Russians in the 1940s but was not made known to the Western world until 1978. Charoite is formed from alteration of limestones by the close presence of an alkali-rich nephline syenite intrusion.

Charoite's colour ranges from lilac to violet to purple but its the unusual patterns that are found in Charoite that are its distinctive signature. Described as unnaturally beautiful Charoite has such a unique and attractive swirling violet colour that specimens of it are sometimes thought to be synthetic rather than natural.

Charoite is mined exclusively near in the Chara River area of Siberia, Russia, a part of Russia known for its forbidden climate and terrain.

Here is one of my pieces featuring the gorgeous Charoite, my Sterling Flowers and Charoite Chainmaille Bracelet;

Here are some more examples of gorgeous Charoite jewellery as found on Etsy:

1 comment:

Erika Price said...

Great article - gorgeous jewellery Sharon!


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