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Charoite only became known in the world, just recently, and it of course was named for the location where it was discovered.

Discovered in Russia in 1978 in the Murun mountains in Yakutia, to date, this the only known location for this rare mineral. The name Charoite is derived from the Chary River which is near where it was found.
The colors range from bright lavender, violet and lilac to dark purple with swirling patterns of black Augite, transparent crystals of microcline feldspar, and/or orange Tinaksite.
Charoite has quite an unusual look, with its chatoyancy and strange looking spirally strands of fibrous material that often it is mistaken for a synthetic gemstone.

The Mongols use the stone to make decorative objects, and on special feast days they would boil the stone in tea. This tea is then consumed by all members of the family in order to strengthen family ties and protect all it’s members from evil.

The charoite stone is often confused with the fairly similar sugilite, although it is the charoite’s characteristic light colored inclusions that are the main difference between the two stones.