Natural Lavender Charoite Gemstone Pendant
I attached a silver spiral bail to a natural polished lavender charoite gemstone. This comes with a 24 inch silver chain. Charoite is an interesting and unusual stone. It is very light and thin like shell, and has swirling patterns of lavender and violet, with a pearlized marble finish.
Charoite is a rare mineral, discovered in 1978 and named for the Chara River in Russia. It is found in conjunction with other minerals that altered limestone deposits, producing a new unique mineral. Though reportedly discovered in the 1940s, it was not known to the outside world until 1978, mostly due to its dull appearance in the field. Because of its unusual patterns it is often thought to be an artificially produced stone. The Mongols used the stone to make jewelry and other items, and on feast days they would boil the stone to make tea. This tea was used to protect tribal 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. It has the appearance of purple marble. Charoite is a stone of transformation. It can turn negative energy into positive by releasing the negative feelings and emotions. It encourages creativity and allows one to look for new solutions to old issues. It enhances courage and strength, and can be used in past life regression as well as prophesy.
Found only in Russia along the Chara River
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