Natural Charoite Rough , Nice Color 195gr

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  • Item Category: Natural History
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Oct 18, 2014
  • Channel: Auction House

GENUINE NATURAL CHAR OITE
A TRUE MASTERPIECE GEMSTONE, VERY RARE FROM RUSSIA
Exceptional Work by an Internationally Recognized Master with 25 years of experience
Lavender to Purple Color Weight : 195 gr
Natural Charoite

Charoite (K(Ca;Na) 2Si 4O 10 (OH;F)·H 2O) isa rare silicate mineral, first described in 1978 and named for the Chara River, It has been reported only from the Sakha Republic, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia . It is found where a syenite of the Murunskii Massif has intruded into and altered limestone deposits producing a potassium feldsparmetasomatite .

Charoite is translucent lavender to purple in color with a pearly lustre. Charoite 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.

Though reportedly discovered in the 1940s, it was not known to the outside world until its description in 1978. It is said to be opaque and unattractive when found in the field; a fact that may have contributed to its late recognition.

Charoite occurs in association with tinaksite and canasite .

This paricular stone is a GENUINE NATURAL CHAROITE, not a fake knockout. It comes from
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