Charoite is a rare mineral, first described in 1978 and named for the Chara river in Siberia, Russia.

Charoite is translucent lavender to purple in colour with a pearly lustre. However, it is a discrete mineral rather than a rock.

Charoite has an unusual swirling, fibrous appearance, and shows excellent chatoyancy. That, along with its intense colour, can lead many to believe at first that it is synthetic or enhanced artificially.

Charoite has a lovely pearly lustre and a hardness of 5-6 on Moh's Scale.

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