Charoite was discovered (1978) in the Murun Mountains in Yakutia, Russia. It is a rare mineral, becoming even more scarce with each passing year. Charoite colors range from a pale lavender to a deep, beautiful violet color with the shimmery, almost velvety, swirling patterns. Also included may be pockets of black Augite, orange Tinaksite or transparent/clear feldspar crystals.

What you see above is decidedly NOT Charoite, but it is being marketed as such. In fact, this purple, white, orange and black combo specimen from China is a mixture of fluorite, quartz and iron, D grade material at best. Charoite is not present in this piece at all.

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