Here is a dark and sultry stone with wild patterning from the Neptune Mine! The brownish matrix is hard and almost polished, definitely not muddy. This stone has a story to tell!
16x14mm, 6mm dome
This stone is 100% natural, personally mined and cut by us.
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This Stone's Provenance
This variscite formed in ancient seafloor shale in the area that is now known as the Neptune Mine in Esmeralda County, Nevada. This is one of two (the other is the Athena Mine) of the first and only (at the time of this writing) woman-team owned and operated variscite/turquoise mines in the country. Emily Otteson and I (Helen) are excited about this new discovery we made this past year. I think you will love the amazing bright greens with bold black matrix and the light, bright spiderweb stones this mine produces!
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 their unique composition, each locality where turquoise and variscite are found imparts its own character on the stone. Each locality also has its own individual history. Some mines have been worked for many decades before we now have the fortunate opportunity to carry this history forward.
We hope you will find this stone as inspiring as we do!
COUPON CODES for Jewelry Designers
Use these every day for your Esmeralda Turquoise purchases. Purchase amounts are based on order total, before shipping. Be sure to use your coupon code AT CHECKOUT! Sorry, no discounts after checkout.
Order $100+………5% off……..COUPON CODE: Design2Save5
Order $250+………8% off……..COUPON CODE: Design2Save8
Order $500+…….10% off……..COUPON CODE: Design2Save10
Please contact us for further discounts off larger purchases.
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