AUSTRALIAN  VARISCITE

 

These  items of Australian variscite have been cut from variscite that we mined in September 2006

     This little beauty measures  67mm x 36mm x 22mm. 

                                    It was created by Dalan Hargrave, gem cutter extroadinaire                          

  

More pictures below

Variscite  is a hydrated  aluminium phosphate.  

Glenn Archer and David Vaughan  made a significant, new variscite discovery in 2003 . This new deposit is producing an exciting range of colours ranging from delicate lime greens to darker, gemmy material close to the colour of top grade chrysoprase through to a deep, translucent emerald green.

The most unusual feature of the  variscite is its association with gold. Gold is unevenly distributed in the variscite specimens, and ranges from discrete fine grains to visible concentrations in the variscite . There are also larger single grains in the rock matrix. Assays of up to 17 g/t Au have been returned from some samples

Much of the newly mined stone is also webbed....an added bonus as "spiderweb variscite" is a highly sought after material for cutting cabochons. 

    

 

 

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These gorgeous cabochons were created by Nevin Shrage of Denver, Colorado                       nebulouswhitecloud@yahoo.com

 

 

These exquisite carvings were created from our material by a master craftsman in Idar-Oberstein, Germany.

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Below are some photos of the new find & webbed variscite  from this area.

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