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Charoite

Silicate mineral

Charoite K(Ca,Na) 2Si 4O 10(OH,F)•H 2O is a rare silicate mineral, first described in 1978 and named for the Chara River It has been reported only from the Aldan Shield , Siberia, Russia. It is found where a syenite has intruded into and altered limestone deposits producing a potassium feldspar

Charoite is translucent lavender to purple in color with a pearly luster. Charoite is strictly massive in nature, and fractures are conchoidal. It has an unusual swirling, fibrous appearance, sometimes chatoyant , and that, along with its intense color, can lead many to believe at first that it is synthetic or enhanced artificially.

Though reportedly discovered in the 1940s, it was not known to most of the world until its description in 1978. It is said to be opaque and unattractive when found in the field; a fact that may have contributed to its late recognition.

Charoite occurs in association with tinaksite and canasite

Identification

Color of mineral

Violet
Brown

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

5

Density ( specific gravity )

1.55
1.553
1.559

Luster ( interacts light )

Pearly
Vitreous

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Monoclinic

Radioactive

Radioactive