What is Variscite?
Variscite is a hydrated aluminum phosphate mineral, often found in the United States, Australia, and Germany. It’s primarily used as a gemstone and is popular for its green color, often resembling turquoise.
Variscite is a unique gemstone that comes in shades of green, often resembling turquoise. Its unique appearance and color make it a popular choice for jewelry and decorative items, especially beads and pendants.
|Chemical Classification||Inorganic - Phosphate|
|Color||Variscite is typically green, ranging from light mint green to darker emerald shades.|
|Luster||Waxy to vitreous.|
|Occurrence||United States (especially Utah), Australia, and Germany.|
|Formation||Variscite forms in near-surface clay deposits through the process of oxidation.|
|Diaphaneity||Translucent to opaque|
|Mohs Hardness||3.5 to 4.5.|
|Diagnostic Properties||Green, often confused with turquoise.|
|Optical Properties||Biaxial (+)|
|Refractive Index||1.563 - 1.590|
|2V angle||Measured: 58° to 63°|
|Dispersion||Not notably high.|