While many gemstones have been treasured for thousands of years, charoite was only discovered rather recently. This rare variety of silicate mineral is found exclusively in Russia, near the Murun Mountains. Charoite beads are a striking mixture of purple, lavender, white, gray and black. Large polished pieces of charoite have a pearly luster and are ideal for unique, interesting jewelry pieces. We buy beads in volume, so you will always find affordable beads and beading supplies at the Bead Traders.