Variscite is a hydrated aluminum phosphate, and a relatively rare phosphate mineral.
This semiprecious gemstone gets its green color from a trace amount of chromium and vanadium.
It is often confused with green turquoise, however Variscite is usually a richer green, but it can come in many shades of green from yellowish to blueish. It often has black or white veining (webbing) or matrix rock mixed with it, which gives it unique patterns and makes it awesome for cabbing.
Variscite is found primarily found in Utah, but has been found elsewhere including Germany, Nevada and Australia.
Variscite was first discovered in 1837 in Germany and it is named after Variscia, the historical name of Vogtland in Germany. But it is believed that beads found in France were made from it some 6000 years ago.
Variscite has a hardness of about 4 to 5.
Metaphysical Properties of Variscite: Variscite is sometimes called a "true worry stone" because it is said to ease fear, tension, anxiety, worry, and impatience. It also believed to relieve stress and depression, and it is said it can give courage and inner strength.