Charoite - beads in pleasing purples!
Charoite is light-brown, lilac or purple of color and has a glass- pearly shine and a white ‘stripe-color’ (which is the color the mineral powder leaves behind if porcelain is scratched with it. This is done for identification purposes). With Charoite identification marks are not necessary because the patterns and colors of Charoite are so unique that this stone is directly recognizable. Even though Charoite looks a lot like a gemstone, it is actually a mineral with a very complicated chemical formula. The main component of Charoite is phosphor, calcium and sodium. The story goes that Charoite has only been known since the 1940’s, but that it only got well known and described in 1978.
With that, charoite is one of the last discovered gemstones. It is also a geological ‘deviation’ because it can only be found on one place in the entire world! Though the Murun Massif in Russia runs the river Chara and there you have it; the explanation for the name and also the place it is found! It is sometimes called Tsaroite, a reference to the Russian Tsar.
What does Charoite do?
Charoite helps overcome resistances and obstacles and helps to deal with changes. The stone stimulates decisiveness, determination, spontaneity, unconditional love and lessens the stress. It helps to cut lose from the negative influences of others. Lowers the feeling of homesickness, anxiety to stay behind alone and insecurity. Physically the stone works to elevate cramps and works calming.
Charoite has a positive effect on blood pressure and the heart, liver, pancreas, autism and insomnia. The stone stimulates the metabolism.
The hardness of Charoiet is 5-6, the density of 2.5.
Charoite belongs to the constellation Virgo, Scorpio and Sagittarius.