Variscite is a phosphate mineral that is translucent to opaque with green to bluish green coloring that is often mottled or veined. This gem is commonly cut en cabochon or used for carvings. With a similar appearance to green turquoise, variscite is named for its location of first discovery in Germany. When mined in Utah, some prefer to call it Utahlite.
- Optical Properties
- Characteristic Physical Properties
- Chemistry & Crystallography
LWUV: Inert to weak green
Utahlite, Amatrice, Sabalite, Trainite Or Chol-Utahlite
Countries of Origin
Unknown; China; United States of America; Brazil; Australia
Untreated material normal, gentle handling. Variscite is a soft stone, so be mindful of scratching. Stabilized and dyed material avoid temperature changes, heat, steaming, chemicals, and ultrasonic cleaners.