A Stunning Necklace of Amethyst Nuggets and an Exquisite Charoite Pendant (PUR-005)
The lush Charoite Pendant Stone in this piece exhibits all the striking and natural swirling and fibrous patterns of violet, lavender, lilac, and white and black strands that appear flame-like that characterize Charoite. The lavenders, lilacs and rich violets in this Charoite Pendant are striking.! The reddish-brown crystals woven naturally into the stone are Tinaksite, a natural and relatively rare mineral also found in northern Russia. The stone was purchased years ago by Miriam when the quality of the Charoite “flames” was at its peak – with rich lilac to violet colorations and a vivid pearl-like chatoyant glow. The Charoite close-up photos show the front and back of the stone—and like so many of Miriam's necklaces, this one is reversible. More recently mined Charoite, while still very pretty, are not quite as chatoyant and show more lavenders and much lighter lilacs than the vivid violets seen in this Pendant. The beautiful transparent to translucent amethysts are a perfect complement to the colors in the Charoite!
- Full length of the necklace including the Bali Clasp is approximately 22.75 inches.
- All the accent beads are Bali Sterling Silver that match the Bali Clasp.
- The lush violet amethyst nuggets are 7 to 10mm, and the matching amethyst rondelles are 8mm.
- There are also four amethyst round stones that are approximately 4mm.
Here's information about this unique stone you should know:
Charoite is a stunning gemstone from Russia that was discovered in the 1940s near the Charo River in the Murun Mountains in Yakutia (Siberia), but was virtually unknown to the outside world until around 1978. The color of this unusual gemstone ranges from opaque lilac to a deep violet with some white translucency. The natural swirling and fibrous pattern of white and black strands characterize this unique stone. In fact, the swirling patterns of interlocking crystals is unlike any other gemstone or minerals. Some gemologists think It's likely that this incredible stone would have gained much greater popularity over the years if it weren’t so unnaturally beautiful. Its unique color, attractive luster and translucent marbling, led many to believe that Charoite is a lab-grown, synthesized material. One resource described it like finding a black flower—so seemingly unnatural in its beauty, it is difficult to explain. Charoite can also be difficult to cut and work with because it tends to break while cutting and polishing. Some of the newer mined stones, that have more quartz in them, may also be impregnated with a plastic to keep the crystals from breaking. Cleaning and Care: Charoite is heat sensitive and should not be steam cleaned or put into an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner. Like all fine jewelry, all it needs is a soft cloth gently wiped across the surface.