I want to take a moment to introduce you to one of my favorite stones, charoite. Found only in a remote part of Siberia near the Chara River, for which it is named, charoite was discovered in 1940 when a rail tunnel was constructed but has only been known to the outside world since 1978. At one point, part of the Russian governmental debt was paid off with charoite, and huge slabs of it were stored in the basements of houses in Budapest.
Its swirling colors range from pale lavender to deep purple, and it is found in association with tinaksite and canasite which add black, light brown, clear, and white to the mined stone. It has a bit of chatoyance, cat's eye effect, along with pearlescence. It is indisputable eye candy.
The most common, larger sized charoite beads are round in shape. I often find that selecting a stone or metal to complement these large rounds is more challenging than one might suspect. Black onyx is too dark and uniform in color, smoky quartz can chip or break between such large stones, and gold detracts from the subtlety of the patterning. Here I have paired it with mahogany obsidian, which highlights the brownish hue of some of the crystalline patches as well as the minimal black streaks.
Charoite is a stone I wear often because purple matches almost everything while providing enough color to add interest to any ensemble. The patterning of the stone also draws people in for a closer look; each bead is simply that spectacular. I hope you think so too and invite you to check out our charoite and mahogany obsidian necklace with a large sterling silver hook and eye clasp.