Facts on Charoite

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Product Description

Charoite is used as an ornamental stone and as a gemstone. It forms a swirling pattern of interlocking crystals.

Color  is white, lavender, lilac, violet and/or purple.
Luster vitreous to pearly.
Transparency transparent to translucent.
Crystal System: monoclinic
Crystal Habit is of fibrous interlocking crystal masses.
Cleavage is not observed since it is exclusively massive.
Fracture conchoidal.
Hardness 5
Specific Gravity is approximately 2.5 - 2.8 (average)
Streak is pale purple.
Notable Occurrence is solely the Chary River at Aldan in Russia.
Discovered in 1978 in the Murun mountains in Yakutia. Named after the nearby Charo River.
Best Field Indicators are color, locality and habit.

       
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