Howdy, all! The last month of northern hemispere summer is here.
Come on along for a
So, tune your eyes to another exotic purple gem, this month's favorite:
Welcome to our last of 2008's annual Mineral
Picfest summer blast!
Charoite was found first in Siberian Russia. If thought of
traversing frozen tundra appeals to
you--that's great! The 'cooler' weather might relieve us from our
Delaware summer's heat. If you
prefer, remain next to your computer for a comfortable look at
Another rare mineral, found
only in one gem locale to date is Charoite. Sources conflict for
naming of this precious stone. Some attribute Charoite as having
been named for the Chara
River in Russia, near where it was first found in the 1940s.
Others support the Russian root word
for "magic" or "charm" (chara-), which alludes to the mineral's bright
coloring. The name was
officially approved by the IMA in 1978.
As Syenite intruded into
altered limestone, Charoite formed as a gemmy by-product.
exploited as a gemstone, this purple wonder
From a gemstone point of view, an analog to Charoite might be Lapis
Lazuli. Both minerals
have a white mineralization and a golden mineral association that makes
them appear sometimes
as a granite or marble. A Charoite might contain the yellow
mineral Tinaksite, comparable to
Lapis' pyrite. This formation contributes to its complex beauty,
thus making for wild, yet classy
swirl patterns suitable for great cabs.
Check out the photos below to see the
emminently bold hues Charoite has to offer!
only a gemstone and ornamental usage known to date.
Facenating World of Minerals" at University of Manitoba, Canada
Here is where DMS Members can add their
photos to share with us.
Until Next Time
We hope you have enjoyed our all too short visit to
Charoite. Please join us next month,
for another article, and we shall journey together!
Until then, stay safe, and happy collecting.
I would like to gratefully acknowledge the generous contributions of our fellow
collectors, authors, curators, professionals, and club members who made this
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Jewelry Repair, Fabrication & Stonesetting from the Bowman Technical School,
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also studied geology at the University of Delaware.
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