Charoite is a metamorphic stone from Russia. According to the International Gem Society, Charoite was first discovered along the Chara River in the 1940s and was introduced to the international gem market in the 1970s. The name of the stone is derived from the area in which it is found, near the Chara River in Russia and some sources, such as Crystal Vaults and Crystals & Jewelry, think the name could also be related to the word, Chary, which in Russian, means Charms. It has a stunning, rich appearance, featuring purples in an array of shades, as well as white, gray and black striations. This cabochon is accented with tiny watch gears (yes, real ones!) and is set with solid copper wire weaving. The wire is patinated to bring up a warm, antique feel, and then polished to a nice lustre. The pendant includes a standard 18 inch waxed linen cord, but upgrades are available. The pendant measures approximately 2 inches long and 7/8 inch wide.