Whilst some claim it was named after the Chara River Valley others say it was named after the Russian word 'charovat' meaning 'to charm' or 'bewitch'. These words are a reference to the mineral's appearance.
With Siberia being the only place where charoite can be found, the finest material is difficult to find and can also be expensive. Highly sought after by collectors and widely used for its healing properties, charoite grades 5 to 6 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness.
There are now significant tarifs on most products imported from Russia. We will therefore not be purchasing more charoite once existing stocks are depleted. It's likely over the next few years charoite will slowly become almost non existent outside of Russia.
These rich purple coloured charoite crystals are a medium sized stone. Weights and sizes vary slightly from piece to piece.