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, which is the historical term for the Vogtland – a region that encompassing the German states of Bavaria, Saxony, and Thuringia as well as part of the Czech Republic. The Vogtland was ruled by the Vogts, warrior-governors without noble blood who managed territories in the name of the Holy Roman Emperor. These Vogts helped to keep the balance of power with the Emperor himself, rather than allowing members of the aristocracy to grow too rich or powerful.
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.