Charoite

Who likes purple minerals? It seems just about everyone likes purple minerals and there will be a few choice ones at the Wayne Country Gem and Mineral Club auction on February 14th.   Yes, the auction this year is on Valentine’s Day.  Someone is going to go home with a brilliant amethyst piece, but you will have to come to the auction to see how purple it is and whether it is from Brazil or Uruguay.  There might also be lepidolite or bismuth or fluorite or other purple goodies.

But this note is going to focus on another purple favorite.  Almost every month someone arrives at the workshop with a small slice of purple charoite.  The color captures the eye first, but the mesmerizing swirling pattern of the bands of charoite is irresistible if not a bit hypnotic.

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