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How to distinguish a real charoite stone from a fake?

Charoite is a lilac stone of the pyroxene group. It was found in 1949 and only 15 years later it was identified as an independent unique mineral. It was named after the Chara River in the Baikal region, where its deposit was discovered. Today it remains the only one on Earth; there are no rocks anywhere even with single inclusions of charoite. The Siberian deposits, called Lilac Stone, cover an area of ​​10 km². Mines are not used to extract it; the first blocks were found directly on the surface of the earth; now shallow wells are drilled in the soil and filled with a special substance, which greatly increases in volume upon contact with water.

Description and Application

The color of charoite varies from a delicate pale purple to inky, sometimes with yellow or dark green flecks. On the polished stone, patterns of thin veins of different shades are visible; they connect, intertwine, diverge in different directions, leaving the impression as if seething streams are sealed under glass. The mineral enchants with silky wavy tints. For its uniqueness, it is also called the Lilac Miracle of Siberia. The most valuable and rare charoite was mined in the 70-80s. 1 kg of unprocessed high-quality raw materials can cost $700, the average price is several tens of dollars per 1 kg, and its cost is constantly growing. Stones with a slight shimmer, translucent marbling and a cat’s eye effect are especially valued. This is a jewelry and valuable ornamental stone. There are quite a lot of its reserves, but the remoteness of the deposit, the remote roadless taiga, and the rugged terrain on the border make the stone difficult to access. It is not always possible to have the equipment and capabilities to process large quantities of stone. Currently, the limit on its production is set at 100 tons per year. Charoite stone has a beautiful color due to manganese impurities. It contains many minerals. Charoite is not a mineral, but a rock in which some inclusions are individual gems. 40 rare and extremely rare minerals have been identified in its rocks. Recently, there have been fakes, mostly imported from China, made of glass or ceramics, which are difficult to distinguish from real stone. The charoite mineral is very difficult to study; its first researchers were unable to compile its exact formula for several years. Geologists have determined that the mineral was formed 125-145 million years ago, and there are at least 5 versions regarding its origin. Its color is heat-resistant: the lilac hue remains even when melted. The stone is lightened by annealing and the color is enhanced by irradiation. It does not dissolve in acids.

Varieties and applications

On the Mohs scale, charoite stone has an average hardness of 5-6 degrees. Processed stones make up a third of the weight of raw materials. They polish very well, acquiring a mirror shine. The properties of charoite depend on the grade and purity. It is used in all kinds of jewelry; it is an extra-jewelry translucent stone with a clearly defined pattern without foreign inclusions. Pure charoite has a hardness rating of 7. It is often used to make individual designer jewelry for bohemians. Precious metal for framing is selected in accordance with the color of the rock. Stones of the 1st ornamental grade are used to make beads and bracelets. Their luster is moderate, and the fiber pattern is less clear, possibly up to 5% inclusions. Mineral grade 2 can have them up to 15%. There are practically no color boundaries in it. It also belongs to the ornamental category. Grade 3 (charoitite), having up to 25% impurities, the material is used for the manufacture of large products and slabs. Products made from charoite look noble and add a special touch to the interior – these are boxes, candelabra, vases, and goblets. It is added to mosaic panels. Pope John Paul II purchased a charoite slab for his sarcophagus in advance. Some samples have increased background radiation. This is due to thorium inclusions. Although its presence is characterized by yellow-brown inclusions, it is impossible to determine radioactivity by eye. Therefore, the stone must undergo radiation control before entering the market. Contaminated samples with radiation levels above normal are removed and buried.

Magical and healing properties

Charoite is a symbol of selflessness. The stone contains a charming and charming power. The magic of mineral balls is used in meditation. It removes contradictions, which are not uncommon in families among close people. Its calming influence helps you think more and talk less. This is a stone of prudence; a talisman made from it protects against empty talk. It is believed that when looking at a mineral, a person relaxes as if watching a calmly flowing river or waterfall. Such contemplation brings peace and relieves stress, including mental stress. The magical properties of the stone are associated with its unique color. The mineral has masculine energy. The healing properties of the charoite stone activate the 7th chakra, which is responsible for the heart, throat and crown, provide integrity at the level of the upper body, and improves the functioning of the internal secretion organs. It is applied to the forehead for concussions and headaches. It should be noted that with very frequent use or constant wearing, a feeling of depression may appear. The influence of charoite and its magical properties are associated with Neptune – the planet of mysticism and subtle psychological sensitivity. The color of the stone is suitable for women of any type and age. It has been noticed that lilac-violet shades are visually refreshing. To harmonize your relationship, give your loved one cufflinks made from this mineral. A charoite talisman will bring mutual understanding to a pair of zodiacally opposite signs. How do charoite and zodiac signs interact? This is the stone of Venus. Although signs born under it can independently and quickly get out of depression, the stone helps them quickly find inner harmony. Zodiac sign Taurus, who is inclined to feel sorry for himself, under the influence of the stone will be able to suppress this feeling and control his behavior and consciousness. The mineral will give Aries confidence in their own strengths and capabilities, and help Gemini cope with fears. Charoite and the sign Libra interact perfectly. After communicating with the mineral, they will not be inclined to take someone else’s opinion as a personal insult. Who is Charoite suitable for? People who are energetic, creative, striving for inner and spiritual beauty. When choosing a stone as a talisman, do not rush, consider as many of its shades as possible and settle on the one that you do not want to let go of – this means that your soul is drawn to it. Charoite will have a positive effect. You can determine the authenticity of charoite using several signs: 1. Color: Genuine charoite is bright purple with white, gray or black veining. If the stone has a different color or is missing veins, this may be a sign of a fake. 2. Texture: Genuine charoite has a smooth and uniform texture. If there are cracks, air bubbles or other irregularities on the surface of the stone, this may be a sign of a fake. 3. Hardness: Charoite has a hardness of 5-6 on the Mohs scale. If the stone is too soft or too hard, this may be a sign of a fake. 4. Light Reflection: Genuine charoite has a shiny surface and good light reflection. If the stone has a matte surface or poor light reflection, this may be a sign of a fake. 30 posts 40 subscribers Subscribe Add post

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