Desert Fire Designs | Variscite
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VARISCITE

A vibrant green gem infused with earth coloured veins. These gems are semi translucent and can be cut, polished and carved to any shape for pendants, ear-rings, cuff-links and knife handles.

WOODLANDS STATION. WA

 

Prospector and long-time friend David Vaughan first presented me with a variety of deep green material early in 2004, calling it variscite.

 

Having never seen such a superb green variscite in Australia before, I immediately negotiated with David to begin cutting; it cut beautifully. I was immersed with the cellular patterning, and experimented with new gem shapes to take notice of the light-yellow flecks that were associated with some of the deep green pods of translucent variscite.

 

A year later David phoned me to say that a scientist from the CSIRO had found these flecks to be native gold! Now I am very careful to orientate these inclusions to their full advantage when they present in the sawn slab. What a combination! An emerald green gem with native gold inclusions.

MILGUN STATION. WA

 

While blue-green variscite from this locale has been selected for jewellery by lapidarists for many decades, it never really excited my imagination until I saw the latest material.

 

The leasor Barry has more recently been casting his attention wider in the area, and has presented to me some material, blue-green but in different hues, and with some a light yellow to mid brown webbing. The colours and patterning are evocative to me of shallow coral reef environments. Every sawn slab is different and a delight to work with.