Posted by Dakota Stones on 10/12/2020 to
Variscite is a phosphate mineral, making it related to turquoise and apatites. It occurs naturally in arid states like Nevada, Utah and Wyoming, but also can be found in Australia, Brazil and parts of Europe. Its name comes from the old German city of Variscia, where it was discovered.
This mineral is rare and difficult to mine because it grows as a fill-in material in cavities between other minerals, or in veins. Because of this, most variscite comes with inclusions of the host material, however, a-grade material is typically prized for its bright color and lack of inclusions.
Variscite does not often come up in the jewelry world, as it is somewhat unknown to the greater public. While it has been used as jewelry for some time now, it does not often get the attention it deserves. So, while it is rare because it is a secondary material, and somewhat overlooked, this gemstone could be considered a major underdog. It has been used as a substitute for turquoise, however the green tint is usually stronger in variscite.
The strong, vibrant greens in all strands make it stand out against other greens like peridot or aventurine comparatively. Its color is not understated, and would be better compared to other minerals like malachite. The green is caused by chromium, which is also responsible for coloring recent additions like hydrogrossular garnet.
Variscite’s metaphysical properties include giving off calming energies that can reduce anxiety and stress. While it is not a birthstone, it can be used as a heart stone in chakra strands.