Open your heart and love yourself more.
Cultivate inner peace and compassion.
Live simply, while always having ‘enough’.
Create healthy mental habits and beliefs.
Let Variscite inspire a healthy and happy life!
Healing Properties of Variscite
Spiritual: Variscite invites us to step into our most authentic self and to boldly show the world who we really are. It amplifies our courage and our sense of integrity, making it virtually impossible to indulge in pretense or conformity. Variscite helps us to be true to ourselves and what we love, and to enjoy the life we choose regardless of the opinions of others. It teaches us to be more conscious, and to align ourselves with whatever brings us joy and peace. Variscite also encourages us to be more interested in spiritual matters and to expand our knowledge and belief systems. It gently shifts us so that we can be more awakened and able to feel the divine frequencies of Love and Truth. Variscite is attuned to the Heart Chakra and is linked to the astrological signs of Taurus, Gemini, and Scorpio. It is connected to the Element of Water, and vibrates to the number 7.
Emotional: Variscite has a calm and hopeful energy. It lifts our spirits when we are feeling down and low, and soothes us when we are feeling restless and uneasy. Variscite is gently encouraging and empowering. It opens the heart and encourages us to love ourselves and others more fully, and to practice deep compassion and radical acceptance. Variscite shows us how to release false negative judgments and to see ourselves and others through kinder eyes. It helps us to be more willing to learn, able to make mistakes and be wrong, and eager to grow. Variscite teaches us the awesome power of unconditional love and shows us that when we live from that place, great things result.
Mental: Variscite helps to clear our head of emotional fog or confusion, allowing us to see the world clearly and honestly. It increases our abilities for discernment, keen perception, logic, and reasoning. It helps us to better understand why other people act, talk, and think as they do, and how to best interact with them in ways that will edify and uplift both parties. Variscite helps us to appreciate simplicity and to let go of unnecessary weight, whether that be too many physical possessions or unhealthy emotional attachments. Variscite invites us to have a less-complicated life, without drama or self-destructive habits. It encourages us to make necessary changes, and slowly but surely, create a positive, sustainable, and emotionally enriching lifestyle. Variscite helps us to always have ‘enough’. It also helps us to properly express ourselves so that we can be accurately understood by others.
Physical: Variscite is used by metaphysical healers to increase our physical vitality, and to combat chronic fatigue and insomnia. It is also used to support proper brain chemistry and a healthy nervous system. Variscite is believed to aid digestion, and to prevent stomach acidity, ulcers, and cramps, as well as soothe rheumatism, gout, and joint pains. Variscite is particularly good for invalids or those who suffer from chronic pain, bringing both hope and peaceful acceptance as needed.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Mineralogy of Variscite
Mineral Family: Phosphate
Chemical Composition: AlPO4 2H2O
Cleavage: Good, but rarely visible
Color: Pale to apple green
Crystal System: Orthohombic
Form/Habit: Cryptocrystalline aggregates
Fracture: Splintery in massive types
Luminescence: Green (long wave)
Luster: Vitreous to waxy
Location: Variscite deposits have been found in Austria, Australia, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Spain, the United States (Arizona, Nevada, North Carolina, and Utah), and Venezuela.
Mineral Family: Variscite is a phosphate mineral. These minerals all contain Phosphorus and Oxygen in a 1:4 ratio (written as PO4), which are then combined with various other elements to create unique minerals. Other famous phosphate minerals include Apatite, Lazulite, and Turquoise.
Formation: Variscite typically forms in veins and cavities near the surface of the earth, when phosphorus-rich waters flow over aluminum-rich rocks.
Mining: Variscite is a rare semi-precious gemstone. Most mining operations are small scale, worked by hand with little to no mechanization.
Enhancements: All Variscite may be considered fully natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
Synonyms: Alpha-Variscite, Amatrice, Lucinite, Metavariscite, Sphaerite, Utahlite, Variquoise, Metavariscite
History of Variscite
Variscite is a relatively new stone for the metaphysical community, and as such was not included in any of the ancient or medieval lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. It may, however, be included in many of the newest lapidaries.
Variscite was first described in 1837 from a deposit in the Vogtland region of Germany. Variscite was named after the Variscia. This is a historical term for the Vogtland – a region encompassing the German states of Bavaria, Saxony, and Thuringia as well as part of the Czech Republic.
Sometime later, additional Variscite deposits were found in Utah, USA and, until the stones were both determined to be the same, the Utah version was called Utahlite. Today the term ‘Utahlite’ is sometimes used to describe rare transparent Variscite crystals found in southern Utah. Nearby, in Nevada, opaque Variscite was soon found. The Variscite in this deposit, however, is so similar in color and appearance to Turquoise that it is extremely easy to confuse the two. Today, Nevada Variscite is sometimes called “Variquoise” as a result.
Photos: Variscite Crystals
Ethically Sourced Variscite
The Miners sell to a Gem Dealer/Exporter
The Exporter sells to a Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells to a US Wholesaler/Importer.
The Importer sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is complicated but likely clean.
The Mine, Lapidary and Importer are all in different countries.
At least two middle-men are involved.
This Variscite is from Australia
The exact deposit is unknown, but was most likely artisanally-mined,
which causes only minor environmental damage and would have been relatively low risk for miners.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
The Lapidary & Importer
This Variscite was tumbled in China.
Lapidary factories in China are typically safe for workers.
The Variscite was imported by a US mineral wholesaler.
The Importer is a family business run by a married couple.
The Importer pays its employees fairly.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first encountered the US wholesaler at the 2015 Franklin, North Carolina Gem and Mineral Show. They carry a wide-variety of tumbled stones, both common and rare. The tumbled Celestite and specialty Obsidian particularly caught my eye, since no other source carries them. The owners are a married couple, he takes care of their larger stones, while she is the self-proclaimed, “Tumbled Stone Queen.” The Queen knows her stock inside and out and we’ve spoken in person and by phone about the geology and origins of various minerals.
The amount of middlemen involved does give me pause. I only purchase stones from this source if I can’t find the stone elsewhere and I am confident about mining and lapidary conditions for the countries in question.
Safe Handling of Variscite
Variscite Tumbled Stone
Color: Green with creamy white patterns. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
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