Variscite is a gorgeous stone that we've just started working with. Here, a pair of lovely green and tan teardrop briolettes are wrapped with pretty Bali silver cone beadcaps and knobby rondelles. They hang 1 3/4 inches below sterling silver earwires. As with all of our silver jewelry, these come in ziplock bags to keep tarnish away and have clear soft rubber earnuts to keep the earrings securely in place.
Often mistaken for green turquoise, variscite is a lovely, usually delightfully patterned stone ranging from apple green to near blues, with what seem to be veins of matrix in it similar to turquoise, but usually appearing white or tan. On occasion, the veining is also white, yellow or tan, called crandallite. However, the greens in variscite are deeper than those of green turquoise, although some may say that occasional similarities make it difficult to differentiate between the two, since variscite can also have bluish hues. To our eyes, though, they do seem quite distinctive.
Another name given to Variscite is Aqua Terra Jasper - and one can see whence the name sprang, for the stone has so many similarities to Jaspers' diverse, incredible patterns!
Its similarity to turquoise brings with it the soothing calmness of that lovely stone, with an extra gentling effect which green stones of the Heart Chakra exude so pleasantly. Just as green tourmaline is said to be soothing to the central nervous system (especially if you use small needles of it to link stones in chakra layouts), so variscite may act to break up blocks that have been causing emotional immobility and stress. Jumbled emotions, worries, anxieties about any matters often seem to leave us feeling a great heaviness in the region of our sternum, as if we are literally tied up in knots.
Stroking and wearing the variscite, following its intricately patterned rivers and even spiderwebbing, which in turquoise is black matrix, can become a soothing relief and release of one's own confusions and worries. Variscite has been found, as well, with the same black webbing matrix found in turquoise, although the stones are chemically different, with variscite being hydrated aluminum phosphate (sometimes altered by nearby stones such as apatite), whereas turquoise gains its blues and green from its distinctive copper in addition to aluminum phosphate.
The stone has been found lovely to carve for ages, and like turquoise, it will respond very well over time to stroking it, smoothing it down over time. Like turquoise, it can range from a hardness factor of five (quartz is 6) or 4, depending upon its shape and inclusion of other stones. As it is as soft as turquoise, do not use harsh chemicals when cleaning it. Soap and water with a gemstone toothbrush will keep most of your jewelry (and any silver used in creating a piece or ring) glowing softly and the silver sparkling again.
Keep in mind that if you find that you are wearing variscite after being told it is green turquoise it will in most cases be a common error to some rockhounds, save for those stone-lovers and lapidarists who know of this lovely semi-precious stone, found as adorning artwork from Egypt to Germany to Utah and Nevada (the only state in which it naturally occurs)! Unlike turquoise, green variscite is never enhanced and should not need to be stabilized, whereas turquoise is stabilized by necessity, so that it doesn't break down into blue chalk; we've read this fact in books both geological and aesthetic, as well as hearing it from Native Americans who craft turquoise!
All of our items are one of a kind, hand-crafted and designed with a true love of the glorious gemstones of Mother Earth. Thank you for looking, and Brightest Blessings!
Lady Pythia and Rowan of WittchDoc Creations
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