This sparkling green mica is a variety of muscovite colored by chromium, the same element that colors emerald and ruby. In fact, the most popular variety is called ruby fuchsite due to the ruby inclusions embedded in the fuchsite crystals.
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Muscovite, Chrome-Mica,Chromian Muscovite
Countries of Origin
Myanmar; Papua New Guinea; Sudan; Kazakhstan; Paraguay; Oman; Armenia; Greece; Austria; Unknown; Mali; Brazil; Nepal; Colombia; Argentina; Iran (Islamic Republic of); Japan; Ukraine; Ghana; Bolivia (Plurinational State of); India; New Zealand; Canada; Turkey; Belgium; Senegal; Finland; Italy; South Africa; Peru; Ethiopia; Germany; Tanzania, United Republic Of; Russian Federation; Czechia; United States of America; Egypt; Madagascar; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; Sweden; Pakistan; China; Ireland; Slovakia; Bulgaria; France; Kyrgyzstan; Switzerland; Spain; Mauritania; Norway; Mexico; Zimbabwe; Australia; Greenland; Tajikistan
Chromium works its mineral-magic to make fuchsite appealingly green. The presence of chromium in gemstones (think ruby and emerald) is most often indicative of exciting color. Fuchsite is an excellent example of the effects of chromium. This sparkling green mica is a variety of muscovite. Micas are often added to makeup - they are the additive most responsible for the "youthful glow" that is so pleasing in foundations and eye shadows.
Fuchsite has a low mohs harness so care must be taken not to scratch the stone.
More About Fuchsite
Some people believe that this stone "connects" one to the angelic... to the realm of faeries. Others believe that fuchsite can improve your general fortune. There is no scientific evidence that any of these are true.
Verdite is an opaque stone made up mostly of fuchsite that is used for ornamental objects. It is known to come from South Africa and Zimbabwe.
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