Wholesale charoite and sugilite beads, gemstone pendants and body jewelry from Dream Factory Beads

Charoite Beads

Charoite is a strong, translucent lavender to purple in color, reminding some of a granite or marble with its pearly, swirling luster. However, it is a discrete mineral rather than a rock. Charoite is strictly massive in nature, and fractures are conchoidal. We have been told that green charoite is also known as serefina(seraphinite/ serefinite) which is a chloride and these beads are very important in the healing communities. Our serefinite body jewelry are cut into plugs, spirals, tunnels and pinchers in China and Bali and are offered at wholesale prices. 10(OH;F)┬ĚH2O) is a rare mineral, named for the Chara River (though this etymology is disputed by some), and found only in the Sakha Republic, Siberia, Russia. It is found where a syenite massif has intruded into and altered limestone deposits.

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, sometimes of a "grape" nature, 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 the outside 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 is used as an ornamental stone and sometimes a gemstone, generally as cabochons set into pendants.

Russia has fairly strict prohibitions on the exportation of charoite. Generally, charoite is permitted to be exported only after the stone has been worked, for example, into figurines or other types of ornaments. It is therefore difficult to procure "unworked" or "rough" charoite in a form suitable for further working into jewelry such as cabochons.[citation needed] Charoite often contains inclusions of the mineral tinaksite, which appears as a golden, spire-like shape running through the material.

Wholesale prices are offered for charoite beads at Dream Factory Beads, esotericadornments.com and pangaeabodyart in 2009.

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