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Stone of the Month March 2021: Charoite


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Slowly nature awakens, the first warm rays of sunlight meet tender green. The forces gathered in winter can now be invested in the implementation of our plans. The day-and-night equinox gives our projects the power of a new beginning and the longer lasting light.

Charoite supports to make mindful but yet swiftly the now necessary decisions. Determination is strengthened, so that even emerging obstacles can be overcome. Full of energy, but still calm, we tackle our projects we tackle our projects. The strengthening of the power of observation - also towards ourselves - is another quality that Charoite conveys. In this way, the overview can be maintained before we think we will fail due to the amount of demands. One thing after the other is done, even if the mountains of work initially seem infinitely high.


Mineralogical profile Charoite

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Chemical Formula: (Ca,Na)4(K,Sr,Ba)2[(OH,F)2Si9O22] - H2O

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Mineral class: complex, mineral-rich and hydrous layered silicate.

Origin: metasomatic, in the contact zone between igneous and metamorphic rocks

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Color: purple, occasionally pink; with black, greenish-yellow or copper-colored inclusions and interesting accessory minerals, e.g., Aegirine, pectolih, steacyite, and tinaksite, as well as quartz and Feldspar

Gloss: Glass to silky luster

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Crystal system: monoclinic

Moh hardness: 5 to 6

Splitability: perfect splitability, uneven fracture

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Source, main countries: Russia (Eastern Siberia) in the deposit "Sirenewy Kamen" (lilac rock), Chile.

Appearance: fibrous to dense masses with typical flow textures reminiscent of enamel glazes

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Use: Charoite is used in arts and crafts in Russia and more recently gained popularity as a gemstone.

Origin: Metasomatic in the contact zone between igneous and metamorphic rocks from the combination of basic magmatic solutions with minerals of the surrounding rock.

Availability: low.

You can find Charoite bracelets, strands, Tumbled Stones and more here in our wholesale web store


Name origin and history

The Russian geologist couple Rogov discovered the Charoite deposit in the 1960s in the area of the watershed between the Chara and Tokko rivers. It was not until 1978 that the Charoite was identified and named as a mineral in its own right; prior to that, it was considered a pinkish-purple cummingtonite schist or a purple canasite.

There are two theories for the origin of the name "Charoite": The first states that the name Charoite derives from the river "Chara" in eastern Siberia. A further possible spelling of the mineral name is therefore Tscharoit; this however neither in the retail nor in the wholesale trade became generally accepted.

According to another interpretation, Charoite refers to the Russian word "chary" which means enchanting, charming or enchanting.

Casual spellings such as chaoirt, chariot, caroit, charoid, or charoiet are not correct. Synonyms for Charoite do not exist.

The mineral is available in larger quantities worldwide only at a single deposit in eastern Siberia; therefore, the Russian state has set strict quotas for mining.

Location

At its location between the Chara and Tokko rivers, Charoite occurs in larger quantities - so the low availability is not due to the fact that the mineral does not have a large thickness by nature, as is the case with Peridote or Imperial Topaz, for example. With Charoite, the location of the locality is the challenge: Situated in deepest Eastern Siberia, the locality is about 1000km away from the nearest roads, thus somewhat as far away as Kiel from Berchtesgaden. The area is hardly populated, many of the places are meanwhile abandoned or only irregularly inhabited.


Very expensive qualities are flown out by helicopter, the cheaper qualities are laboriously transported overland in the beginning of winter. The rivers are only suitable for transport to a limited extent - from September to May they are frozen over, and in the summer months floods make shipping risky. 



Confusion

Charoite can be confused with Lepidolite and Sugilite. Lepidolite is much softer (Mohs hardness 2.5-3) and has better cleavage, Sugilite lacks the fibrous flow structure of Charoite.


You can find rings, chain strands, massage stones, drilled stones and more made of Charoite here in our wholesale web shop


Use

His purple color and interesting structure, reminiscent of waves and swirls, make it a desirable and appealing gemstone. Charoite is traditionally used as a jewelry or therapy stone and for making sculptures and figurines used.

Assignment and Application

Do you know situations in which you feel that insurmountable mountains of work have piled up? For better coping here the stone medicine recommends the Charoite. Also when it comes to mastering profound changes in life, the stone offers a good the stone offers good help. It supports energy and determination, but also composure and resistance to worries and stress, so that it is easier to make important decisions without hesitation, and to take on duties and tasks that may arise due to prolonged inactivity. and to cope with tasks that have accumulated due to prolonged inactivity. It promotes the power of observation and is said to help dissolve extraneous constraints.


Astrology and Numerology

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American author Melody assigns Charoite to the signs Scorpio and Sagittarius

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In her standard work "Stars and Stones" Barbara Newerla recommends Charoite as a balancing stone for Virgo, when this dutiful zodiac sign has once again burdened itself with too many tasks and work. With the support Charoite, spontaneity and energy are strengthened, so that upcoming tasks can be tackled energetically. One thing after another is done, calmly, step by step, everything necessary is done. Editha M. Wüst assigns the Charoite to the number 9. Number 9 to.