Invite pure love and true acceptance into your life.
Ground and purify your spiritual self in this world.
Know that when one door closes, another always opens.
Live romantically and serve the Highest Good of all.
Let Charoite inspire you to manifest your dreams!
Mineralogy of Charoite
Mineral Family: Single-chain Inosilicates
Chemical Composition: (K,Na)4Ca8 3H2O
Color: Lilac-colored to violet, white or black spots
Crystal System: Monoclinic
Form/Habit: Massive, fiberous
Luminescence: Blueish-white, weak (long and short waves)
Transparency: Translucent, opaque
Location: Charoite is located exclusively in the Sakha Republic, a large Russian satellite state located in Siberia.
Mineral Family: Charoite is a rare Silicate mineral. Silicate minerals form the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Charoite belongs to the Feldspathoid group, which includes minerals rich in Sodium and Potassium.
Formation: Charoite is created when a Synite (a type of igneous rock) intrudes into Limestone (a sedimentary rock).
Mining: In its natural raw state, Charoite didn’t gather much attention on the international market. It wasn’t until 1978 that polished forms became available. Since then, demand has been high and it has been actively mined.
Enhancements: All Charoites are completely natural, enhanced only by cutting, polishing, and tumbling.
History of Charoite
Charoite is a relatively “new” healing stone whose properties have only recently begun to be explored. As a result, it was not included in early lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers.
Charoite was first documented during the 1940s, while the USSR was building the trans-Siberian railroad through the Kodar Mountains, in the satellite state of the Sakha Republic. While digging a tunnel, it was discovered that a relatively plain-looking stone from the mountain would become a vivid purple when polished. In 1978, this stone was named Charoite, in honor of the Chara River that runs nearby.
Photos: Kodar Mountains
Healing Properties of Charoite
Spiritual: Charoite is a mighty stone for transformation and transition; bringing us courage, strength, and resilience. It is both grounding and uplifting, idealistic and practical. It teaches us that we are here to do great things with our lives – to be of service in our own unique way and to spread Light to others. Charoite invites us to love more and to show that love in all we do. Charoite has a very romantic energy, which is directly linked to our spiritual life, encouraging us to blissfully dance with the Divine. It activates our psychic abilities and healing powers, and clears away negative energy replacing it with the pure power of unconditional love. Charoite is attuned to the Root, Solar Plexus, Heart, Third Eye, and Crown Chakras and linked to the astrological sign of Scorpio, Sagittarius. It is connected to the element of Wind and vibrates to the number 7.
Emotional: Charoite has a very relaxing energy, helping us to let go of stress and worry. It whispers that we are exactly where we are meant to be. During difficult times, Charoite reminds us that this is merely a “season” of our life, meant to teach us something important so that we can become the person we are meant to be. Sometimes we resist the path we are meant to follow, for a variety of reasons. Charoite helps us to gently accept that when we follow our true path, it will lead to peace and happiness. No one can choose our path for us, it is ultimately a sweet agreement between us and the Divine. Charoite helps us to let go of other people’s perceptions and influences, so we can stand on our own. Charoite helps us to let go of relationships that no longer serve us and to empower and renew relationships that bring Light into our lives. Charite is a fairy-tale stone, showing us the way to our own “happily ever after.”
Mental: Charoite celebrates independent thinking and proactive actions. Charoite reminds us that all situations are either inside our control, and thus able to be successful resolved, or outside of our control, and therefore not worth our time and energy. If something is outside of our control, but still of great interest, then Charoite encourages us to be more thoughtful and find the part of the situation that IS in our control. How can we change our small part in a large problem? How can we create positive long-lasting change? We might not be able to solve every problem, but Charoite teaches us that we CAN solve, or at least positively affect, any problem we set our minds to.
Physical: Charoite is said to help calm the nervous system, particularly when the heart is affected. It is often used by metaphysical healers for treating sleep disorders and for general strengthening of the physical body and its energy fields. It is also believe to be helpful for anyone on the autistic spectrum.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Charoite
The Miners sell to a rough Gem Dealer/Exporter.
The Gem Dealer sells to the Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is clean and relatively short.
The Mine and Lapidary are in different countries and at least one middleman is involved.
This Charoite comes from a small mine in the Sakha Republic, Eastern Siberia, Russia.
It was most likely extracted by hand, as it is difficult to get heavy machinery into that region.
The mining likely cause only minor environmental damage.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Charoite was polished in Mumbai, India.
The Lapidary is a family business, owned by two business partners.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first met one of the owners of the lapidary at the Denver Gem Show in 2017. Our first encounter was short since it was my last day of shopping and I had already spent most of my budget. But their tumbled stock was the highest quality I had ever seen. A few months later we met again in Tucson and this time I made sure to see them at the beginning of the show!
In 2019, at the Tucson Gem Show, I was able to sit down with both owners and have a lengthy conversation about sourcing. Unlike most vendors, they were willing to speak with me in-depth about how they make sure their business is ethical. We talked about individual mines they source from both in India as well as how they source from other countries. We also talked about how they treat their own workers and about the links between business, karma and God. Their willingness to talk and their pleasure at the conversation makes me eager to continue to develop and deepen this relationship.
Charoite Tumbled Stone
Color: Vivid purple, may shimmer or have minor black inclusions. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Charoite
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