Elegant Charoite Pendant with Waves of Lilac and Silver Gray Float on an Amethyst Necklace (PUR-004)
This Miriam Designer Charoite Original is one-of-kind, and would make a lovely bridal necklace—or to wear for any occasion. The Marquise Charoite Focal Stone shows waves of lilac, violet and silver gray that float on a delicate Amethyst Necklace. The Charoite stone exhibits all the striking and natural swirling and chatoyant patterns of violet, lavender, lilac, and white and black flame-like strands that characterize this special stone. Miriam chose a Romantic Sterling Silver Clasp with a delicate flower carving. Charoite is a stunning natural 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 reddish-brown crystals sometimes present within the flames are Tinaksite, a natural and relatively rare mineral also found in northern Russia. This particular stone was purchased by Miriam years ago, when the quality of the Charoite “flames” was at its peak – with rich lilac to violet colorations and a vivid pearl-like chatoyant glow. Like so many of Miriam's necklaces, this one is reversible. More recently mined stones, while still very pretty, are not quite as chatoyant and show more lavenders and lighter lilacs than the vivid violets seen in this Pendant.
- Genuine Amethyst beaded necklace is 18 inches long, and has sterling silver accents.
- The Marquise shaped Charoite focal stone is 1 1/8 x 7/8 inches.
- The amethysts are both round and rondelle-shaped.
- All the silver is Sterling.
Note: Here's information about this unique stone you should know:
Charoite is an unusual gemstone that ranges from opaque lilac to a deep violet with some white translucency. It is characterized by a natural swirling and fibrous pattern of white and black strands. 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 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.