If you want to learn something about variscite, do an eBay search for variscite, and then look at the subgroup of "loose diamonds and gemstones" and then "sort by Price: highest first" and just scroll down and look and compare. Do the same for the category "loose beads". Anything that isn't green, yellow, taupe, or earth tone IS NOT variscite. Also most of what IS green IS NOT variscite. All those bright colored "variscites" are mostly dyed magnesite or reconstituted stone. That's all I'm saying...
A unique, custom cut, RARE, GENUINE, UTAH Variscite focal bead!!! This fan shaped focal bead has a satiny, matte finish and a 2mm side drill hole. Measurements are in the listing title. Great, rich, vibrant green color is often mistakenly called green turquoise. Excellent patterning with strong wave motifs throughout.
Chain not included. See the rest of my listings in my DVHdesigns Etsy store for more focal beads, custom cut cabochons, genuine jet mourning beads, sterling chains just for beads, and more! Also, feel free check out my DVHdesigns website where you can see what I'm up to in the studio, as well as learn more about me, my work, and my upcoming show-lecture schedule.
VARISCITE is much more rare than turquoise! Please compare with other Variscite on eBay to see what I mean! There really isn't any Australian material available and the Utah stuff is PRICEY! I listed this under the turquoise category because the stones are often mistaken for one another, they are somewhat geologically similar, and there isn't a category for variscite! The Australian material formed in veins, was usually pretty minty green, and is consistent, although a little brittle, so I always had to be careful drilling it.
Most Variscite comes from Utah and that material is beautiful also, and a bit more common, but generally forms in nodules with "spiderwebbing" of brittle matrix between the greens. Here is what June Culp Zeitner, former editor at Lapidary Journal has to say about variscite in her book, Gem and Lapidary Materials. "One of the most elegant of American cabochon gemstones is variscite. Sometimes mistaken for turquoise, this gem material is found in tints and shades of green and blue-green. When mixed with other phosphates, such as the superb material from Fairfield, Utah, it has marvelous patterns in yellow, taupe, and muted earth colors such as sand and rust. The gem material is massive, fine grained, compact, and has a toughness which somewhat alleviates its lack of hardness."