What is Charoite?
Charoite is a rare silicate mineral, first described in 1978 and named for the Chara River in Russia. It’s often used as a gemstone and is popular for its unique purple color and swirling patterns.
Charoite is a rare gemstone that comes in shades of purple with swirling patterns. Its unique appearance and color make it a popular choice for jewelry and decorative items, especially rings and pendants.
|Chemical Classification||Inorganic - Silicate|
|Color||Ranges from light lavender to deep purple, often with swirling patterns of black, white, and/or transparent crystals.|
|Luster||Pearly to vitreous.|
|Transparency||Translucent to opaque.|
|Occurrence||Russia (specifically the Sakha Republic) - it's the only known location for charoite.|
|Formation||Found in association with tinaksite and canasite in the Murun massif in the Sakha Republic.|
|Diaphaneity||Translucent to opaque|
|Cleavage||Perfect in two directions|
|Mohs Hardness||5 to 6|
|Specific Gravity||2.54 - 2.58|
|Diagnostic Properties||Purple with swirling patterns.|
|Pleochroism||Not observed in charoite.|
|Optical Properties||Biaxial (-)|
|Refractive Index||1.550 - 1.559|
|2V angle||Measured: 0° to 30°|
|Dispersion||Not typically noted for its dispersion.|