Named after the Chara River in Yakutia (Russia) or possibly from the original word chary which means magic. Mineralogically this is a very complicated stone consisting of many minerals including potassium, calcium and sodium. It occurs in iridescent shades of purple with white and black swirls and patches. Although only first officially recorded in 1976, it was not long before carious mystical beliefs were attributed to it ì such as strengthening self-esteem, bringing peace and love generally accelerating spiritual growth. Said to relieve headaches, migraines, sleep disturbances and alleviate fears of the unknown, sickness and death. It warms the heart and changes loneliness to love.