Charoite is a rare, translucent lavender to purple mineral that is strictly massive (it does not form individual crystals) in nature. It is found in only one single area in the Sakha Republic in Siberia. The stone has an unusual swirling, fibrous appearance and is sometimes chatoyant (cat’s eye effect). It’s appearance along with its rich, purple coloration, has led many to falsely assume that it is synthetic. In its rough form it’s fairly unattractive, and it’s beauty isn’t apparent until the stone is polished.
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