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Variscite is one of the most sought after minerals in the entire mineral collecting world.  Variscite is a hydrated
aluminum phosphate mineral. It is a relatively rare phosphate mineral that is formed by phosphate rich water
deposits that react with aluminum rich rocks in a near-surface environment. It occurs as fine-grained masses in
nodules, cavity fillings, and crusts. Variscite often may contain white veins of the mineral Crandallite (a calcium
aluminum phosphate mineral).

Variscite was originally discovered in Germany in 1837.  Its name is derived from Variscia, the historical name
of Vogtland in Germany, where it was first found. In earlier years, it was also called Utahlite (after significant
deposits were found in Utah). It has been sold in America as Variscite, Utah Turquoise, Utahlite, and even sold
as Turquoise without the copper.  At times, when exact identities were unknown, minerals which may be
turquoise or may be Variscite have even been sold as "Variquoise".

Variscite is often confused with Turquoise. Variscite is normally a more green color, rather than blue.
Turquoise coloring comes from traces of copper; Variscite is colored by traces of chromium. Variscite from
Nevada can easily be confused with green turquoise since it has black spider-webbing patterns in the matrix,
similar to most green turquoise. Most of the Nevada Variscite recovered in recent decades has come from
mines located in Lander County in central Nevada. The most notable Variscite deposits in America are found
in Utah and Nevada. It has also been found in Australia, Germany, Poland, Spain and Brazil.

Utah has three well known Variscite deposits
Little Green Monster Mine
  The most sought after Variscite in the world are the nodules from the Little Green
Monster Mine, Clay Canyon, Fairfield, Utah Co. Utah. Large nodules were once mined, crushed, and
processed for the phosphate ore. Today Clay Canyon Variscite is the most rare and valuable Variscite in the
world. It also has other rare associated phosphate minerals such as Millisite, Wardite, and Crandallite in veins
which add to the visual aesthetics.
Lucin   Lucin Variscite (normally called Utah Variscite) is probably the most recognized Variscite in the world.
It comes from a hill near Lucin (also known as Umbria Junction) which is an abandoned railroad community in
Box Elder County, Utah, United States, along the western side of the Great Salt Lake, 162 miles (261 km)
northwest of Salt Lake City. This deposit is owned by Union Pacific Railroad and is currently not being mined.
Rockhounds have collected high grade specimens from this mine for decades. Collecting is no longer allowed
in this area, making old time collections very valuable.
Snowville   This prized deposit of Variscite, known as Variquoise (because it so closely resembles
turquoise), comes from Box Elder County, near the Utah-Idaho border close to Snowville. It is prized for its dark
spider-web matrix and darker green to blue coloring.

Unfortunately, all these locations are now closed and the prospect for new material coming from them any time
soon is very unlikely.



For a description from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia    
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variscite
Item # ABCDVAR12187340
Old Stock Variscite 4 pcs 5.9mm thick
slabs from Lucin, Utah

$3
9.90
4pc unpolished, Variscite lapidary slabs from Lucin, Utah.
Shown
wet and dry.

The
se 4 slabs weighs 42g combined weight
10g slab A measures 1.1 x 1.1 x 0.32" (30 x 20 x 5.9mm)
9g slab B measures 1.21 x 0.98 x 0.23" (28 x 25 x 5.9mm)
12g slab C Measures 1.4 x 1 x 0.23" ( 36 x 26 x 5.9mm)
11g slab D measures 1.3 x 1.2 x 0.23" (33 x 30 x 5.9mm)
Item # HVAR12189270
Old Stock Variscite 11.3mm thick Slab
from Lucin, Utah

$4
9.24
11.3mm thick cut, unpolished, Variscite slab from Lucin, Utah
Shown dry and wet.

This slab weighs 2.47 oz or 0.15 lbs (70g)
and measures 3
.1 x 1.7 x 0.44"
(7
8 x 43 x 11.3mm)
WET
DRY
Item # EFGVAR12189270
Old Stock Variscite 3 pcs 5.9
to 6.5mm
thick slabs from Lucin, Utah

$6
6.50
3pc unpolished, Variscite lapidary slabs from Lucin, Utah.
Shown wet and dry.

These
3 slabs weighs 70g combined weight
2
3g slab E measures 1.6 x 1.5 x 0.24" (41 x 39 x 6.5mm)
2
1g slab F measures 1.8 x 1.4 x 0.23" (48 x 36 x 5.9mm)
2
6g slab G Measures 2.2 x 1.6 x 0.24" ( 56 x 42 x 6mm)
WET
DRY
WET
DRY
Item # JVAR12189841
Old Stock
Premium Variscite 6.9mm thick
Slab from Lucin, Utah

$1
38.71
6.9mm thick cut, unpolished, Variscite slab from Lucin, Utah
Shown dry and wet.
This premium slab will have very little
waste


This slab weighs 5 oz or 0.31 lbs (143g)
and measures 5
.3 x 3.9 x 0.27"
(1
35 x 100 x 6.9mm)
WET
DRY
Item # KVAR12186761
Old Stock Premium Variscite 6.
8mm thick
Slab from Lucin, Utah

$15
6.17
4.3 to 6.8mm thick taper cut , unpolished, Variscite slab from
Lucin, Utah Shown dry and wet. This premium slab will have
very little waste

This slab weighs 5.68 oz or 0.35 lbs (161g)
and measures 5.
8 x 3.9 x 0.17 to 0.27"
(14
7 x 100 x 4.3 to 6.8mm)
WET
DRY
Item # LVAR12185831
Old Stock Premium Variscite 5mm thick
Slab from Lucin, Utah

$12
9.01
5mm thick cut, unpolished, Variscite slab from Lucin, Utah
Shown dry and wet. This premium slab will have very little
waste

This slab weighs 4.69 oz or 0.29 lbs (133g)
and measures 5.
78 x 3.7 x 0.19"
(14
6 x 94 x 5mm)
DRY
WET
Item # MVAR12189571
Old Stock Premium Variscite 6
.4mm thick
Slab from Lucin, Utah

$16
3.93
5mm thick cut, unpolished, Variscite slab from Lucin, Utah
Shown dry and wet. This premium slab will have very little
waste

This slab weighs 5.96 oz or 0.37 lbs (169g)
and measures 6
.6 x 3.6 x 0.25"
(1
42 x 91 x 6.4mm)
Item #NVAR12185831
Old Stock Premium Variscite 6
.1mm thick
Slab from Lucin, Utah

$15
3.26
5mm thick cut, unpolished, Variscite slab from Lucin, Utah
Shown dry and wet. This premium slab will have very little
waste

This slab weighs 5.58 oz or 0.35 lbs (158g)
and measures 5
.3 x 3.6 x 0.24"
(1
35 x 91 x 6.1mm)
DRY
WET
Item # PVAR121879011
Old Stock Premium Variscite F
ace cut
Nodule
from Lucin, Utah

$3
41.12
Face cut, unpolished, Variscite nodule from Lucin, Utah
Shown dry and wet.
There is a small vug on the back side
with a botryoidal Variscite formation.
This premium nodule
will have very little waste

This nodule weighs 37.6oz or 2.35 lbs (1.066kg)
and measures 5
.1 x 4.4 x 2"
(1
3 x 11.3 x 5.3 cm)
WET
DRY
WET
DRY