This is the purple charoite cabochon. Dimensions: 2.2 x 1.1 x 0.3″ (5.5 x 2.7 x 0.7cm). Weight – 0.5oz (14 grams). Origin: Russia, Siberia.
Some information about charoite:
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). This material is actually a silicate of potassium, calcium and sodium [K(Na, Ca)11(Ba, Sr)Si18O46 (OH, F)-nH2O]. It ranks 5.0 on the Moh’s Scale of Hardness. It’s density is approximately 2.5 — 2.8.
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 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. Rogov in the end of 1950s, but only in 1978 the name “charoite” was confirmed by the Commission on New Mineral Species.
Wearing charoite is believed to enhance self-esteem, accelerate spiritual growth, soothe hot emotions, give a feeling of security. In healing, charoite aids in the treatment of general aches and pains, liver ailments, and blood pressure.