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5.4" Polished Section Of Gorgeous Charoite - Siberia
This is a beautiful piece of swirling purple Charoite collected in Siberia, Russia. It measures 5.4x3.2" and has been polished on both sides, however one side has been polished to a mirror finish. Comes with an acrylic display stand.
Charoite is a rare silicate mineral, first described in 1978 and named for the Chara River in Russia. It has been reported only from the Sakha Republic, 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.