Friday, August 17, 2012

Gemstone of the Week" Veszelyite

(Veszelyite image found on johnbetts-fineminerals.com)

Veszelyite is another of those beautiful gemstones practically no one has heard of. It was named after Hungarian mining engineer A. Veszelyi who was the person who first discovered Veszelyite.  Veszelyite was discovered Romania in 1874.   It has a hardness of 3.5 -4 and may be green, blue, greenish blue, and dark blue.  It is found in the oxidized zones of base mineral deposits and is a rare copper zinc phosphate. Some of the places where Veszelyite may be found include: Romania, Zambia, Rep. of Congo, and in the state of Montana.

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