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The Charoite stone was discovered in 1976 in the USSR close to the Charo River, from which it got its name. Charoite is an unsual mineral and of rare occurence. It is formed from alteration of limestones by the close presences of an alkali-rich nephline syenite intrusion.

The gemstone that we call "Charoite" is actually a rock composed of several minerals including Charoite. Charoite is formed from limestone by the process of contact metamorphism.


Charoite facilitates the release of fear and dissolution of negative energies encountered in the process of aligning with your soul's purpose.Charoite aids in the treatment of general aches and pains, liver ailments, and blood pressure. Promotes raised awareness of more than material and physical body reality. It may be used to enhance one's dreams and protect from nightmares.

Physical Properties:


Charoite Birthstone

Purple and black.
5 - 6
Specific Gravity
2.54 - 2.78
refractive index
1.50 - 1.59


The Russians first discovered charoite in 1947 in the Murun mountains in Yakutia, but it was not known in the West until 1978. Charoite was first found in the 1940's, 325 miles north of the tip of Lake Baikal, and locally called "lilac stone." This gem was introduced to the Western gemstone marketplace as Charoite in the 1970's.


Charoite occurs in the Chara River region in Siberia, Russia.

Sign of Charoite: Aquarius