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Green Variscite

The Gemstone Variscite




Variscite is an opaque gemstone with interesting color splotches and veins. It is usually a light or minty-green with whitish patterns. Almost all Variscite gemstones originate from Utah, and for this reason it may also be called Utahlite. In fact, the most important deposit of gemstone-grade Variscite is actually called the Utahlite Deposit.
Chemical Formula AlPO4 · 2(H2O)
Color Green
Hardness 3.5 - 4.5
Crystal System Orthorhombic
Refractive Index 1.55 - 1.59
SG 2.5 - 2.6
Transparency Opaque. May be translucent when backlit on the edges.
Double Refraction .016
Luster Waxy
Cleavage 1,1;2,1
Mineral Class Variscite


Variscite AUCTIONS

ALL ABOUT
The unique color habits and patterns of Variscite make it  exotic and attractive. However, it is not a common gemstone and thus not readily available. Variscite lacks durability and therefore should not be washed with chemicals or cleansers. It is also a relatively soft gemstone, and extra care should be exercised to prevent scratching.


USES
Variscite is mainly used as a collectors gemstone or exotic green gemstone. It is cut into cabochons and used as pendants, and is also used in beads and in ornate carvings.

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Variscite TREATMENTS AND ENHANCEMENTS
Variscite gemstones are natural and not enhanced.

Variscite SOURCES
The only significant source of gemstone-grade Variscite is the Utahlite Claim, in the Lucin District, Box Elder County, Utah. Outstanding Variscite nodules associated with other phosphate minerals come from Clay Canyon, near Fairfield, Utah County, Utah, and these are sometimes also cut or carved into gemstones.


SIMILAR GEMSTONES
Variscite is softer than Jade, softer and lighter in color than Amazonite. It is less intensely green than Chrysoprase, and is not blue like Turquoise or Chrysocolla.


Variscite PHOTOS [Click photos for more details]

Variscite IN THE ROUGH PHOTOS [Click photos for more details]

 
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