Mineral "Charoite & Aegirine"


Murun Massif, Aldan Shield, Yakutia, Russia, private collection from Netherlands.

Aegirine is a member of the clinopyroxene group of inosilicate minerals. Aegirine  is a sodium iron silicate mineral commonly formed in the alkali-rich volcanic rock. It was discovered in 1835 in Norway and got its name from Ægir, the Scandinavian god of the sea. Aegirine is well known for its long slender crystals with very distinctive terminations, and some of the more lustrous forms of this mineral are true classics.

Charoite is a rare silicate mineral, first described in 1978. It was believed to be named after the Chara River, but due to the river being 70 km away from its discovery place, now it is believed to be named after the Russian word chary, meaning magic or charms. When it was discovered, it was thought to be a fake, dyed purple to give it its striking appearance. Charoite has a glorious translucent lavender to purple color with the unique pattern of swirls, feathers and needles.

Beautiful charoite cluster with radial needles of greenish black aegirine. The condition of the sample is good. Age-related wear, fractures and minor cracks may appear. Dirt and dust. Size approx. 8,0cm x 4,8cm x 3,7cm. Weight c. 150g.