Saturday, April 23, 2011

Gemstone of the Week: Variscite

("Vedrana" by Handmaden Designs)

Variscite is very similar in appearance to Turquoise.   It ranges from a hardness 3.5-5 and can be foundin Utah, Nevada, Austrailia, Poland, Spain, Brazil, and Germany.  Variscite was first discovered in Voigtland, Germany originally named Variscia from which the stone gets its name.  It is a relatively rare stone and was first discovered in 1837.

Informational Sources:

Newman GG, Renee. Gemstone Buying Guide. Los Angeles: International Jewelry Publications, 2005
 
"Variscite Gems." GemSelect.com. 16 March 2010.
http://www.gemselect.com/other-info/variscite-gems.php.

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