Fuchsite

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This sparkling green mica is a variety of muscovite colored by chromium; the same element that colors emerald and ruby. Micas, like muscovite and biotite, are a common additive in make-up because they are soft and add twinkle to eye shadow, foundation, lipstick, and other cosmetics.

Fuchsite Polished
Fuchsite Classification
Common Name Fuchsite
Species Mica
Fuchsite Optical Properties
Transparency Transparent - Translucent
Dispersion Strength: Weak Fire
Refractive Index 1.552-1.615
Birefringence 0.036
Optic Character Biaxial
Optic Sign Negative
Polariscope Reaction Aggregate (AGG), Doubly Refractive (DR)
Pleochroism None
Fuchsite Characteristic Physical Properties
Hardness 2-3
Streak Light Green, White
Specific Gravity 2.800-2.900
Toughness Poor
Luster Vitreous, Pearly, Silky
Fracture Micaceous (Flaky)
Cleavage Perfect, in one direction
Fuchsite Chemistry & Crystallography
Chemical Formula K(Al,Cr)2[(OH,F)2/AlSi3O10]
Crystal System Monoclinic
Chemistry Classification Silicate

Fuchsite Colors

  • Green Fuchsite Green

Alternate Names

Muscovite, Chrome-Mica,Chromian Muscovite

Countries of Origin

Myanmar; Papua New Guinea; Kazakhstan; Paraguay; Oman; Armenia; Greece; Austria; Unknown; Mali; Brazil; Nepal; Colombia; Argentina; Iran (Islamic Republic of); United States of America (the); Japan; Ukraine; Ghana; Bolivia (Plurinational State of); India; New Zealand; Canada; Turkey; Belgium; Senegal; Finland; Italy; South Africa; Peru; Ethiopia; Germany; Tanzania, United Republic Of; Czechia; Egypt; Madagascar; Sweden; Pakistan; China; Ireland; Russian Federation (the); Sudan (the); Slovakia; Bulgaria; France; Kyrgyzstan; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the); Switzerland; Spain; Mauritania; Norway; Mexico; Zimbabwe; Australia; Greenland; Tajikistan

History

Chromium works its mineral-magic to make fuchsite appealingly green. The presence of chromium in gemstones (think ruby and emerald) is most often indicative of exciting color. Fuchsite is an excellent example of the effects of chromium. This sparkling green mica is a variety of muscovite. Micas are often added to makeup - they are the additive most responsible for the "youthful glow" that is so pleasing in foundations and eye shadows.

Care

Fuchsite has a low mohs harness so care must be taken not to scratch the stone.

More About Fuchsite

Some people believe that this stone "connects" one to the angelic... to the realm of faeries. Others believe that fuchsite can improve your general fortune. There is no scientific evidence that any of these are true.

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Species/Variety

Verdite

Verdite is an opaque stone made up mostly of fuchsite that is used for ornamental objects. It is known to come from South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Verdite Fuchsite
Verdite Classification
Common Name Verdite
Verdite Characteristic Physical properties
Specific Gravity 2.80
Toughness Poor
Inclusions It has a mottled structure and might display red or spots
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This page was created on June 27, 2014.

This page was last edited on October 24, 2019.