Known for its distinctive swirls of deep violet and lilac, Siberian charoite is one of a few gemstones gemologists can confidently identify by sight alone. Charoite features churning waves of bright lavender, violet and lilac to dark purple with swirling patterns of black Augite, transparent crystals of microcline feldspar, and/or orange Tinaksite, with an enchanting iridescence.

The name Charoite is derived from the Charo River which is near where it was found in Russia in 1978. This the only known location for this rare mineral.

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