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Other Turquoise and Variscite Mines

There is a small town in south central Italy, near Naples, famous for its cameos. Their needs for huge quantities of this material over the years have always kept the supply down and demand high. The clear blue is reminiscent of old Persian turquoise, and is without doubt the most preferred and prized by Europeans, both for cameos as well as in bead or jewelry form.

There is a sister mine nearby, called the Bluebird, that produces some of the world’s most beautiful azurite. This material is a copper oxide and also contains malachite, crysacolla as well as a mineralized copper or cuprite. This is a rare and undervalued gem stone that has all but disappeared from the marketplace.
Australian Variscite

Australian Variscite

Greens with gold matrix. Can make very large cabs.
Australian Variscite $2.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Broken Arrow Variscite

Broken Arrow Variscite

Dark Emerald Green. Often translucent. Large enough for cabs or inlay. This is a rare material and the claim is currently covered and not being mined.
Broken Arrow Variscite $5.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams
Utah Green Variscite

Utah Green Variscite

This is the highest grade of this material. Nice pieces of a clear pastel green. Great for carving or cutting cabochons.
Utah Green Variscite $2.00  per gram choose quantity:  grams

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