Found in a single region of Russia, charoite is deemed a rare stone. It takes its name from the Chara River, located in the Aldan massif in Russia, a range of peaks that are 800 to 1,000 m high on average. The word ‘chary’ means ‘charm’ or ‘magic’ in Russian. Discovered in 1947, this stone from the silicate group was not documented until much later, in 1978. It can be found on the massif’s metasomatic rocks that form at a temperature of 200 to 250 degrees on average. Charoite stone comes in several shades, from violet to purple to brown. Charoite’s discovery was rather recent and thus there is a lack of history surrounding this stone.
This stone is very attractive thanks to its attractive purple colour. Unfortunately it remains rare due to the limitation of its extraction, particularly as the only Russian region where it is located (Siberia), remains difficult to access and is one of the most hostile environments on Earth. The etymology of the name Charoite, pronounced ‘tcharoite’, comes from the Chara River, in the Republic of Sakha (on Siberian land). The discovery of the stone dates back to the 1940s, however, it was not documented and analysed until 1978. Its recent discovery and rarity mean that there is no historical record or mention of its usage. Today, the stone in its raw form generates a lot of enthusiasm from collectors around the world for its very singular colours. In jewellery, it is considered a semiprecious stone, and is primarily cut in cabochons or carved to make various decorative and ornamental articles.
In the mid-1970s, Yuri Rogov, a Russian geologist, went to Paris for a professional consultation. This event was quite remarkable: Rogov specialised in the extraction of uranium reserves, which made his travels almost impossible outside of the USSR. However, he gained permission to leave the country, but also to communicate with his French counterparts at the Mineralogical Museum, whose collection is considered to be the most complete in the world. The Russian geologist showed a purple slab to the many French experts asking them to identify the mineral. Unfortunately, no one had the right answer: the stone was still unknown.
Charoite stone (pronounced tcharoite) is a mineral in the silicate group and the inosilicates subgroup with formulas K5Ca8 (Si6O15) 2 (Si2O7) Si4O9 (OH)· 3 (H2O). It also has traces of Fe, Al, Mn, Ba and Sr. Charoite is a platy mineral that belongs to the large silicate family, with traces of metals such as barium, aluminium, iron or manganese. Combined with several elements such as potassium or carbon, it forms in calcareous massifs, at high temperatures of 200 to 250 degrees. The colour of the stone can oscillate between purple, violet and brown. It has a monoclinic crystal system, a white streak, as well as a vitreous or in some cases pearly lustre. In terms of density, it is 2.54 to 2.58; its hardness is 5 to 6 on the Mohs scale.
The stone’s deposits are extremely rare, the most recognised site being in Siberia, not far from Lake Baikal.
Spiritually and psychologically, this monoclinical crystal wards off night terrors and anxieties for deep and restful sleep. Very effective against compulsive and negative upheavals, it also treats the nervous tensions and stress generated by daily life, purifying the mind and the aura of negative feelings. A stone of wisdom and spirituality, this pebble helps you to better manage emotions and channel the bodies’ energies to simplify liberation and spiritual elevation. It helps to prevent all kinds of obsessions, including of fanatical behaviours. It also helps you to overcome deeply buried fears. Charoite optimises the analytical mind while increasing wisdom and intuition. At night, it greatly increases the depth of dreams. Placed near the heart, the pebble grows unconditional love.
Charoite is connected to three chakras (the crown, eye and heart). According to shamanic legend, it permits a higher elevation of the mind during meditation sessions. It is also said to open the mind much further than you imagine. This pebble is perfectly suited to three zodiac signs (Scorpio, Sagittarius and Capricorn). It also allows you to remain zen, no matter the many frustrations of everyday life.
Litho therapy grants powerful preventive and healing properties to this flat pebble, especially against microbial and viral aggressions that can affect the human body. It strengthens the immune system and detoxifies the body by purifying it of excess fat and toxins. It is therefore highly recommended for slimming diets. The stone also stimulates the heart rate and the eyes, restoring energy to the body in case of fatigue. It also has the characteristic of aiding in the treatment of cramps and fever. It performs a purifying action on the liver, coronal, sinuses and pancreas. It can be used in the fight against excessive disorders.
In addition to flushing out toxins and stimulating the immune system, this stone is also essential for sleep disturbances, as it strongly calms anxieties. This stone strengthens the heart while stimulating blood circulation. It can also create the desire to exercise and thus encourages you to do physical activity on a regular basis. Indeed, it optimises the wearer’s health. This pebble will also be of great help for overcoming obstacles, as it allows you to take things lightly and gain perspective. It allows you to accept what happens, both good and bad, and continue to progress. It also protects the wearer and brings them back to reality.