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Gemstone Crystal System Density Hardness Refractive index Treatments
orthorhombic 2.50 4.0-5.0 1.560-1.590 none

Varisite rough and cabbed

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Variscite is a hydrous aluminum phosphate. It was first discovered in the Vogtland District of Germany. The material is usually veined with other minerals such as millisite or wardite. Colors of varisite vary only slightly between yellow green to slightly darker greens. The material is often misidentified as turquoise. Variscite is actually quite rare and beautiful. It is inexpensive because it is not a well known, therefore there is little demand for it.

Variscite, from Fairfield, Utah, on display at the Oslo Museum.