Here are two sweet green calibrated variscite rounds from the Damele Mine! I think the photo is a bit dark. They are a nice bright green. Use them together or individually!
11mm and 9mm
7.91 carats total
These stones are 100% natural. We purchased the rough from the late mine owner, and the stones are fair trade cut calibrated.
These Stones' Provenance
This turquoise formed in ancient seafloor shale at what is now known as the Damele mine located in Lander County, near Austin, Nevada. This mine was named after a nearby ranch family that is known for their unique breed of curly-haired horses. The turquoise from the Damele mine is very unique indeed, ranging in color from brown to yellow to an intense chartreuse green with intricate and striking spiderweb patterns! Very little is being mined today, and we are happy to offer these rare stones to you from our stash acquired from the mine owner over many years.
Variscite is a mineral closely related to turquoise – mineralogically speaking, a “hydrous aluminum phosphate” – with the distinct difference of containing no copper. Copper gives turquoise its characteristic blue color. Without copper, variscite in its purest form is white, but often it occurs in a variety of colors: green, yellow, orange, and black. Chromium and vanadium are the metals reported to give variscite its bright green colors, while iron, manganese and other metals can contribute to its other colors. Variscite from our mines in Nevada has a high silica content which gives it hardness and excellent durability for use in jewelry.
Both turquoise and variscite are very special gemstones…they are stones connected to life! Two of their main components, phosphorous (much of which comes from ancient bone) and water are critical ingredients of life. Oxygen is also a key element, oxidizing the various metals to give the stones their beautiful colors. Turquoise and variscite are truly gems dependent on a life-giving planet…rarities, not just here on Earth, but throughout the Universe! Variscite is said to have properties that help alleviate worry, provide encouragement, and inspire hope.
Because of its unique composition, each locality where turquoise or variscite is found imparts its own character on the stone. Each locality also has its own individual history. Many of our mines were worked for turquoise many decades ago, and have since become classic turquoise localities. We are excited to have opportunity to carry this history forward into the next generation. Some are new localities we have discovered, new classics in the making!
We hope you will find this stone as inspiring as we do!
Any questions, please feel free to ask us, we’re always happy to help!
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