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Variscite - Utah
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Variscite cab 8/24 - 01 - Outstanding High Domed, Super patterned designer gem cab. polished both sides. AAA+
x 23 x 7 mm - 30 carat - $59.00

Beautiful Green Variscite from Utah
Variscite is only found in Utah, Nevada, Arkansas, Bolivia, and Austria. It is formed by the infiltration of phosphatic waters into aluminous-rich rock, usually feldspar-rich igneous rocks. Variscite bears a wonderful resemblance to turquoise in texture and opacity, but is a more beautiful green color rather than blue and blue-green. The color ranges from light green to deep emerald greens often with excellent patterns. The luster on the rough fracture surface is matte and has a hardness of about 4 to 5. Variscite cuts and polishes just like turquoise; in my opinion better. I received a good deal on this material and am passing on the savings to you. This material is very rare and the land it is on is owned by the railroad and not open to the public. I also just happen to know that it is pretty well dig out, so the value on this highly desirable stone is going to go up and up. Get it while you can. I hope you enjoy it.