Charoite Chips
Charoite Chips
Charoite Chips
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Charoite is a rare, silicate mineral that is known for its unique purple color and swirling patterns. It was first discovered in Russia in 1940, but it wasn't until the 1970s that it became popular as a gemstone. The purple color of charoite comes from the mineral's high manganese content, which can range from light lavender to deep violet.

Charoite has a unique texture and pattern, with swirling bands of purple, white, and black, and occasional splashes of pink, red, and green. These patterns are due to the way the mineral forms, with layers of different minerals forming together under high heat and pressure. Charoite is relatively soft and has a somewhat waxy luster, which adds to its distinctive appearance.