Very rare, and only found in Yakutia in Siberia, Russia, this beautiful purple stone is subject to very strict export limits. With a Mohs hardness rating of 5-6, charoite is translucent lavender to purple in color with a pearly luster. However, it is a discrete mineral rather than a rock. Charoite is strictly massive in nature, and fractures are conchoidal. It has an unusual swirling, fibrous appearance, sometimes pearly or chatoyant, and that, along with its intense color, can lead many to believe at first that it is synthetic or enhanced artificially.
Metaphysical: The stone was first discovered and identified in 1978, and so does not have long-standing lore associated with it. Those who work with it today note that it aligns with Sagittarius and Scorpio astrological signs, is effective in work with the heart and crown chakras, and can bring spiritual truths to dispell illusions and worst fears, and help its user cope with profound changes.