1.95" Polished Purple Charoite Cube with Base - Siberia, Russia

This is a beautiful, 1.95" wide purple cube that was sculpted from charoite that's mined in Siberia, Russia. It has been cut into the shape of a cube and each face/edge of the cube has been cut flat and polished to a glossy finish. One corner has been cut flat for an aesthetic "floating" presentation on the accompanied charoite base.

Charoite is a rare silicate mineral, first described in 1978 and named after the Chara River in Russia. It has been reported only from the Sakha Republic of Siberia, Russia. It is found where a syenite of the Murunskii Massif has intruded into and altered limestone deposits producing a potassium feldspar metasomatite.

Charoite is translucent lavender to purple in color with a pearly luster. It is strictly massive in nature and fractures are conchoidal. It has an unusual swirling, fibrous appearance, sometimes chatoyant, and that, along with its intense color can lead many to believe at first that it is synthetic or enhanced artificially. It is almost always accompanied by a black mineral known as aegirine, as well as an orange mineral known as tinaksite.

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SPECIES
Charoite
LOCATION
Siberia, Russia
SIZE
Cube: 1.95" wide. Base: 3.9 x 3.1"
CATEGORY
ITEM
#203840