Vintage Charoite Necklace by Paul J Begay

I have a few questions about this necklace I just got. First one being an aproximate value so I know how much, if any, I may have over paid as it was quite a hefty price. The beads are about 20 inches in length with the bottom pendant being about 3 inches long. Secondly, I have several pieces of Charoite, but I’ve never seen any that looked quite like this; more of a solid purple with darker or black straight lines running through it. This comes from, I’m told, new vintage stock from the 70s and 80s. Would you expect this to be natural mined charoite as advertised?


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Interesting necklace.
I have never seen Charoite with such even bands.
Can you post a photo of the hallmark?

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If you Google charoite then look at the images, there are quite a few with lines and black sections. Really stunning piece.

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Charoite: https://www.mindat.org/gm/972

or

Sugilite : https://www.mindat.org/gm/3822

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I would agree with Steve, sugilite often times is banded. Charoite is usually a wavy phsychedelic
type pattern

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Sugilite

On the upside, the silverwork looks nice

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That is definitely sugilite and not charoite. Lucky you… sugilite is much more valuable.

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Here’s a half decent pic of tge hallmark, and an enlargement.


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On the upside, I prefer sugilite to charoite if in fact that’s what it is!

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In the case of that piece, definitely. It really sets the whole thing off!

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I found similar ones by him, but turquoise, on Etsy and EBay for $1200 to $2400.

I like the design of yours better than the others.

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That pretty good news I guess. Thank you!

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