Charoite is found in only one location - along the Chary River at Aldan in Russia. It gets its name from its source.
The Russians first discovered charoite in 1947 in the Murun mountains in Yakutia, but it was not known in the West until 1978.
It formed from alteration of limestones by the close presences of an alkali-rich nephline syenite intrusion. The heat, pressure and more importantly, the infusion of unique chemicals into the rock is responsible for the transformations into charoite.
Charoite combines luscious shades of lavendar, lilac and purple with streaks of black, grey and white. A beautiful semi-precious stone which combines well with amethyst.