Charoite 15-18.5mm graduate round beads (ETB01161)
Charoite is translucent lavender to purple in color with a pearly lustre. 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, 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.
Dimensiosn of beads:
Size: 15 - 18.5 mm (27 PCS)
- this is only an approximate, the size varies slightly.
Length: 18.5 inches