Charoite has a monoclinic crystal system and is generally considered to be in the silica family. For those who love the science of stones, it is a mixture of potassium, calcium, silicon, hydrogen and oxygen. K5Ca8Si18O46(OH)*3(H2O).
It usually crystallizes in masses but can form as tiny druse upon a host mineral base. Its coloring can range from shades of deep purple to a pinkish purple with some areas of black. There can be swirls, or appear to be almost a solid color. It can also form with inclusions of quartz or manganese.
Originally it was thought to have been named for the general geographic area where it was discovered about 70km away from the Chara River in Russia. Through further researching, I found it was more probably named for the impression that it gives which is called “chary.” When translated from Russian, it means “charms” or “magic”. Since it holds such transformative healing qualities, I can understand how the actual translation is probably more accurate than the general location name.
While it had been becoming more obtainable and is truly a lovely stone, I have decided to provide no furthur profits to Russia after their merciless invasion of the Ukrane. So, when these sell out, they will be discontinued.