This natural Mint Green Variscite originates from United States and its weight is about 22 carats. The measurements are 24.95mm x 17.97mm x 6.26mm (length x width x depth). The shape/cut-style of this Variscite is Oval Cabochon. This 21.86ct Variscite gem is available to order and can be shipped anywhere in the world. Gemstone Certification can also be provided as an optional service.
Variscite is a relatively rare phosphate mineral and high quality specimens are used as gemstones and for carvings. Its name derives from Variscia, the historical name of Vogtland in Germany, where it was first found in 1837. At one time it also went under the name Utahlite, since important deposits have also been found in Utah, USA.
Variscite is often confused with turquoise, though variscite tends to be more green in color rather than blue. The variscite from Nevada, USA, which usually contains black spiderwebbing in the matrix, can easily be confused with greenish turquoise. Gemologists can definitively separate variscite from turquoise, since turquoise contains traces of copper whereas variscite does not. Variscite is colored by traces of chromium rather than copper.