About Charoite

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  • Mineralogy and geology*
  • Metaphysical, Spiritual and Healing** Properties***
  • Common Associations

Mineralogy and Geology of Linarite

Mineral formula: (K,Sr)15-16(Ca,Na)32[Si6O11(O,OH)6]2[Si12O18(O,OH)12]2[Si17O25(O,OH)18]2(OH,F)4 · ~3H2O

Crystal system: monoclinic

Crystal habit: fibrous, massive

Cleavage: good in three directions

Fracture: conchoidal, splintery

Color: violet to deep lilac, whitish grey to brown

Luster: vitreous, silky, pearly

Diaphaneity: translucent

Moh’s scale hardness: 5 - 6

Streak: white

Specific gravity: 2.54

Named after: the Chara River in the type locality

Type locality: Murunskii Massif, Chara and Tokko Rivers Confluence, Aldan Shield, Siberia. These occurrences have deep violet-lilac tones due to trace amounts of manganese. Discovered in the 1940s, it became publicly available in the late 1970s.

Geological occurrence: metasomatism (type of low temperature metamorphism) of potassic feldspar

Spiritual, Metaphysical and Healing Properties

Charoite enhances communication between the crown and heart chakras, thus grounding unconditional love with the physical body. It supports being present here and now, with the inner knowing that one is exactly where one should be in this moment – thus supporting release of worries about past and future

.Common Associations

  • Chakra – heart and crown chajras
  • Numerology - vibrates to the number 7
  • Zodiac – Sagittarius and Scorpio
  • Birthstone – no traditional associations
  • Wedding Anniversary – no traditional associations


* Mineralogical information is from mindat.org

** Always consult with your medical professional for any physical or long-term healing issues.

*** Metaphysical properties come from: 

Love Is in the Earth (1995) Melody, Earth-Love Publishing House, 726 pp.

The Crystal Bible, A Definitive Guide to Crystals (2003) Judy Hall, Walking Stick Press, 399 pp.

Crystal Muse (2017) Heather Askinosie and Timmi Jandro, Hay House, 285 pp.

Crystal Gridwork (2018) Kiera Fogg, Weiser Books, 128 pp.