Variscite is a rare hydrated aluminium phosphate mineral with a Mohs hardness of 3.5-5. Ranging in colour from a yellowish green to deep blue-green and some interesting patterns, this stone is a popular hobbyist material for cabochons.
Originally discovered in the German district of Variscia in 1837, Variscite is also found in Bolivia, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic and Australia, as well as the USA where it is known as Utahlite.
Variscite lends its name to the variscite mineral group, which includes gem materials like scorodite and the very rare mansfieldite. It also forms a series as the aluminium-dominant end member with iron-dominant strengite.
Known as a ‘True Worry Stone’, Variscite has been used by healers to relieve stress and depression. Used to enhance higher brain functions such as learning, logic and reasoning, this stone is helpful in removing fear, worry, anxiety, and tension.
An exceptional heart stone, Variscite is said to align and balance your mind, body, spirit connection, allowing you to harness your personal power by turning your weaknesses into strengths, and generating feelings of inner peace.
Variscite also calms and soothes the mind, and is a powerful aid to cleanse your auric field, making it a great stone for meditation. It increases perception to help you think clearly, and encourages self-expression and the communication of ideas.
Care: Massive Variscites have no cleavage planes, which means cabs cut from this material may have excellent structural integrity. Nevertheless, these gems have great susceptibility to scratching due to their very low hardness (Mohs 3.5-5). Therefore, wear these gemstones in jewelry with protective settings, and try to keep them clear of makeup. Clean them only with a soft brush, mild detergent, and warm water.