This natural Violet Charoite originates from Russia and its weight is about 4 carats. The measurements are 12.25mm x 11.13mm x 4.76mm (length x width x depth). The shape/cut-style of this Charoite is Heart Cabochon. This 4.46ct Charoite gem is available to order and can be shipped anywhere in the world. Gemstone Certification can also be provided as an optional service.
Charoite is a new gem on the market, first appearing in 1978. It is found only in one location in Siberia, Russia. The color and patterns are quite unique, with swirling shapes of lavender and violet. It is sometimes described as having the appearance of a purple marble. Charoite has a hardness of 4.5 to 5.0 on the Mohs scale.
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