Charoite

Beautiful rare and scarce purple and lavender cabochons.  Hand cut and polished in our shop. 

hese free formed cabochons were cut from material found in Russia.  Charoite, pronounced CHAR-oh-ite, is a rare mineral, first described in 1978 and named for the Chara River. It has been reported only from the Sakha Republic, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia

Charoite is translucent, lavender to purple in color with a pearly lustre. Though reportedly discovered in the 1940s, it was not known to the outside world until its description in 1978. It is said to be opaque and unattractive when found in the field; a fact that may have contributed to its late recognition. The latest rumor: this material is no longer being mined so expect it to be hard to find or more expensive in the future.  Watch more more of these cabs to be added.