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ABOUT CHAROITE:
This is one of the worlds rarest, and prettiest, gem minerals.  
The Charoite deposit “Sirenevyi Kamen” has only been known for less than 30 years, and this is the
only location in the world where this material was ever found. The region in which Charoite was
discovered is rather difficult to reach. It is located in the Murun Mountains in Yakutia, Russia. Charoite
was found and explored by Russian geologists Vera P. Rogova and Yuri G. Rogova  in the late 1950s.
In 1978 the name “Charoite” was confirmed by the Commission on New Mineral Species.
Charoite has a glorious purple color with the unique pattern of swirls, feathers and needles. It may
contain patches or stars of black (Aegerine), orange (Tinaksite) and also transparent crystals
(Microcline Feldspar).  The value of Charoite increases with the purity, density and brilliance of the
purple color. Pure purple specimens are the most valuable and rare. This material is actually a silicate
of potassium, calcium and sodium.
Charoite is a rare mineral, named for the Chara River. It is found where a syenite massif has intruded
into and altered limestone deposits. Charoite is strong, translucent lavender to purple in color,
reminding some of a granite or marble with its pearly, swirling luster. However, it is a discrete mineral
rather than a rock. 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, sometimes
of a "grape" nature, can lead many to believe at first that it is synthetic or enhanced artificially. It is said
to be opaque and unattractive when found in the field, a fact that may have contributed to its late
recognition.
Charoite is used as an ornamental stone and sometimes a gemstone, generally as cabochons set into
pendants. Russia has fairly strict prohibitions on the exportation of Charoite. Generally, Charoite is
permitted to be exported only after the stone has been “worked”, for example, into figurines or other
type ornaments. It is therefore difficult to procure Charoite rough specimens.
Excellent chatoyant Purple Charoite Gemstone Polished Slab
A stunning 0.11lb (53g) specimen that measures 4.5" (116mm) wide, up
to 1.8" (46mm) high and 0.22" (5.75mm) thick.  Beautiful swirl patterns in
a very unique collector piece. Cut from some of Russia's finest!
Rare 2.1" (54mm) polished Charoite Sphere on cut stone stand from Russia
This Unique 0.48 lb (218g) sphere was procured from Imperial Antiques and Art, a Russian antique and art
store. The sphere was part of an old Russian Estate. We are including the handmade stone stand that came
with the sphere. This is old stock with influence of of black (Aegerine), orange (Tinaksite) and also transparent
crystals (Microcline Feldspar). This is a classic well defined specimen!
Item # CHAR11090071
Charoite Sphere on cut stone
stand from Russia
$160.00
Item # CHAR11090055
Deep Swirl Purple Charoite
hand cut Heart
Beautiful purple heart made of rare stone named charoite!
Origin: Charo River, Russia.
Dimensions: 1.7" long x 1.3" high  x 0.6" thick (43 x 32 x 14mm). Weight: 1 oz (28 grams).
Excellent Chatoyant swirls with lots of character!
This specimen obtained from Maria Norikova, St. Petersburg, Russia (Russian Legacy)  
Item # CHAR11107654
Chatoyant Purple
Charoite Gemstone
Polished Slab
$120.00
Chatoyant PURPLE Charoite Gemstone Specimen Slabs
"Yes, the purple color in this stone is really that intense - and it is truly all natural. If anything the purple is more
intense in person than the photo can show!  This is one of the world’s rarest, and prettiest, gem minerals. The
best Charoite pieces are highly chatoyant (like this one) and have a deep, rich violet color that is unmatched by
any other precious mineral.  This stunning slab is accented by a vein of jet that runs right through the edge of the
stone providing a striking display specimen.  
The purple color in this stone is not treated in any way - it's completely natural.  The wavy pattern you see in the
face is highly chatoyant (like tiger eye) and light appears to dance across the surface when you move it. Charoite
can come in numerous shades of purple, varying chatoyance and different inclusions, all of which affect the
value.  These pieces have the richest, darkest purple we have seen in any specimen of this stone - they are truly
top grade gem quality slabs.
This stone has always been highly prized as a gemstone and as such I've never been able to afford it as a
specimen despite its obvious beauty and unique eye appeal.  I'd even referred to this pretty purple stone as
"unobtainium" - until this year.  While waiting for one of my favorite petrified wood importers to open up I struck up
a conversation with some Russians that were still unpacking their booths.  By chance a local friend from Oregon
stopped by and began sorting through one of only two boxes of small slabs.  I learned that the reason we don't
see rough material is that Russia, like other countries, doesn't want the raw material sent out of the country,
insisting that labor be employed locally to work the stone before export.  This means that most of the material is
cut for jewelry before it ever leaves, making slabs like this a rare find indeed.  The even better news for collectors
is that they lowered their prices for the material this year in the face of a weaker global economy which helped
bring the pieces into the reach of working collectors like myself.  I'm certain it's a temporary phenomenon while
global jewelry sales are weak, but I couldn't pass up the chance to finally add some of this gorgeous gemstone to
my collection and of course I picked up some extra to share."
A Note from
our supplier on
these
Extremely
Rare
Charoite
Slabs...
Item # CHAR111285901
Chatoyant Purple Gem Grade Charoite
Gemstone XL Rough Slab

$230.00
This is an exquisite XL rough cut slab!
This is a premium top quality Charoite slab! Photos taken outdoors with water on slab to get an idea how
it would look polished, showing feathering, swirls and chatoyance. This slab will produce many fine
cabochons or polish well for a display specimen! Bottom left 2 photos show slab dry.
This specimen measures  3.52 x 3.32" (89 x 84cm) and is 0.27" (7mm) thick
and weighs 4.54 oz or 0.28 lb (129g)
Definitely some of the finest purple we have ever seen in any stone. A special specimen for any collection!
Item # CHAR11106066
Chatoyant Purple Charoite  
Polished Slab
$129.00
This thick display slab is polished on one side
This specimen weighs 0.66lb (300g) and measures 4 x 3.3 x 0.75 inches (100 x 85 x 18.9mm)
A beautiful single polished face free standing display. Inclusions of Microcline Feldspar white spheres
with a touch of orange Tinkasite. A VERY nice display piece!
Excellent Feathering
and Chatoyance!
Comments from Customer;
Thank you so much! I am   very
much looking forward to having
this piece in my home. I
purchased a charoite heart
from your store and must say
she's one of the most beautiful
ones I've seen.

Thank you so much.  I am glad I
came across your store and
will definitely be doing more
business with you.
M.H.
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for a larger view
Item # CHAR03115865
Chatoyant Purple
Gem Grade Charoite
Gemstone Polished Slab
$150.00
Item # CHAR03115848
Chatoyant Purple
Gem Grade Charoite
Gemstone Polished Slab
$150.00
This slab is polished on all sides and edges!
This specimen measures 2.5 x 1.8 x 0.24" (64 x 46 x 6.1mm) and weighs 0.1lb (45g).
This was one of our earlier collection pieces and is a great display because it has patches of black (Aegerine),
orange (Tinaksite) and also transparent crystals (Microcline Feldspar). Excellent chatoyant feathers!
Definitely some of the finest purple we have ever seen in any stone. A great specimen for any collection!
Excellent Feathering
and Chatoyance!
Excellent Feathering
and Chatoyance!
This slab is polished on all sides and edges!
This specimen measures 5.1 x 1.7 x 0.25" (131 x 44 x 6.5mm) and weighs 0.158 lb (71.5g).
An excellent display piece with multiple feather patterns and swirls. This piece has an end with partial translucent
spots and orange (Tinaksite) and also transparent crystals (Microcline Feldspar). Excellent chatoyant feathers!
Definitely some of the finest purple we have ever seen in any stone. A great specimen for any collection!
Going...Going...
RARE
Old Stock
DisplaySpecimen!
Item # CHAR03115845
Chatoyant Purple
Gem Grade Charoite
Gemstone Polished Slab
$140.00
This slab is polished on all sides and edges!
This specimen measures 2.5 x 1.8 x 0.27" (63 x 45 x 6.9mm) and weighs 0.11 lb (51.5g).
What a stunning specimen of Charoite! These are the last of the super high gemstone quality we were able to
obtain and the market is beginning to climb rapidly in pricing of this rare and amazing gem! Swirling patterns offset
with
natural beautiful purple and black color.  Excellent chatoyant feathers!
Definitely some of the finest purple we have ever seen in any stone. A great specimen for any collection!
Excellent Feathering
and Chatoyance!
Item # CHAR06115806
Chatoyant Purple
Gem Grade Charoite
Gemstone Polished Slab
$95.00
This slab is face
polished and sides and
edges!
This specimen measures
2.44 x 1.77 x 0.26"
(62 x 45 x 6.7mm) and weighs
0.10 lb (46.5g).
Very Nice specimen of Charoite!
These are the last of the super
high gemstone quality we were
able to obtain. This specimen
has a chip in the edge (top Right
photo) and natural fractures in
the Jet.  Swirling patterns offset
with
natural beautiful purple and
black color.  Excellent chatoyant
feathers!
Definitely some of the finest
purple we have ever seen in any
stone. A great specimen for any
collection!
Nice Feathering
and
Chatoyance!
above and below photos show
slab dry
Item # CHAR01135846
Chatoyant Purple
Gem Grade Charoite
Gemstone Polished Slab
$129.00
This slab is polished on
all flats and 2 edges!

An excellent taper-cut display
slab with multiple feather
patterns and swirls. This piece
has a few  translucent spots.
Excellent graining patterns with
very chatoyant feathers!
Definitely some of the finest
purple we have ever seen in
any stone. A great specimen
for any collection!

This specimen measures
4.4 x 2.2 x 0.1 to 0.21"
(113 x 57 x 2.8 to 5.4mm)
and weighs 2.3oz or 0.146 lb
(66g).
Excellent Feathering
and Chatoyance!