Saturday, August 7, 2010

Sweet Dreams are made by Charoite?

Charoite Pendant & Peacock Blue Freshwater Pearls
"Sweet dreams are made of this, who am I to disagree?"
(Annie Lennox/Eurythmics, 1983)

Did you know that sleeping with a piece of Charoite under your pillow calms disturbed sleep and dispels fearful dreams? That's what metaphysical gem enthusiasts will have you believe! 

Charoite was discovered in 1947 in the Chary River area of the former Soviet Union and gets its name from the river. This region known for its harsh climate and terrain was the traditional place of exile for political prisoners. I wonder if prisoners were used to mine or dig for the gemstone? This semi-precious gemstone's value is in the fact that it is found only in this desolate region of Russia.

Charoite & Sterling Silver Bracelet
Charoite was introduced to the western world in the late seventies. It is easily identified by its characteristic grape color, ranging from very light to dark purple along with its black and white mottling. Areas of the stone can range from translucent to opaque. The fibrous crystals found in Charoite give it beautiful swirling patterns, making it one glorious gemstone!

I love the purple color of the gemstone, though it can be somewhat pricey. This is one gemstone strand that is I cannot resist at bead shows. Don't you love it?


Alesha said...

Really gorgeous stuff! Thanks for sharing the info...I don't think I've seen this gemstone before. :)


Tara P. said...

I've heard of this stone but have never seen it - my favorite type of color!

Tyne said...

I have a surprise for you on my blog!

Love this!

Beadwright said...

Hey Annie is one of my all time favorite music artists! And you are one of my favorite beading artists.

Designs by Dawn Marie said...

Love this necklace! Purple is my favorite color so this necklace... well it just speaks to me! :)


Cindy said...

I sure learned a lot here...not sure if I heard of this particular stone before. Your necklace is just gorgeous!

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