Boulder Variscite

Boulder Variscite

If you’ve ever wanted a jaw dropping statement piece, you just have to check out Boulder Variscite! You will soon have your chance to add this beauty to your Jay King collection because Jay will be presenting this gorgeous stone in various designs in 2018.

Variscite is found inside nodules, veins and as cavity fillings in rock. You have seen many of Jay’s pieces done in plain variscite, which has been cut free of the host rock, but what makes boulder variscite unique is that Jay has included the host rock in his designs, hence the name Boulder Variscite. What you’ll see is a lovely brown and mint green stone.

In the following information, I’ll be referring to plain variscite, however, the same will hold true for boulder variscite.

Variscite was discovered in Variscia (Vogtland) Germany in 1837. The green color is due to the chromium content and this stone can sometimes be mistaken for turquoise on sight. However, in addition to the different composition of each, the green-blue color of turquoise is the result of copper. And to cause more confusion between the two, both of these stones can be found within the same vicinity. Variscite can be found in Nevada, Utah and Wyoming, as well as other parts of the world, such as Australia.

Boulder Variscite Rough

Variscite displays a waxy look and feel and can either be translucent or opaque. It is not enhanced or treated. It’s also softer than turquoise, so treat your variscite with kid gloves to protect it from scratches and breakage.

Speaking of care, because variscite is porous, staining can be problematic. Skin oils, cosmetics, household chemicals, and salt water will discolor it. This is another trait it shares with turquoise. In a nutshell, clean your variscite with a soft damp cloth after wearing and before storing. Never use an ultrasonic cleaner or heat steamer on it.

Although, variscite may require a bit more care than other stones, it is worth the extra effort just to have the privilege of owning this beauty.