Lucin Variscite

Lucin Variscite

Variscite from Lucin, Utah has a nice green color and is usually found in a greyish matrix.

The combination of the variscite and the matrix gives it a beautiful distinct look.

We were fortunate to come across this 10 lbs piece of Lucin Variscite at a rock shop near Zion National Park in southern Utah.

One side of the stone shows a well worn surface indicating that the variscite should be quite hard and should not require any stabilization.

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A nice 10 lbs piece of Lucin Variscite purchased from a rock shop near Zion National Park.

White Tiger Stone

White Tiger Stone

We purchased some of this wonderful material at the Love the Art gallery in Beaver, Utah.

From what we understand the owners of the gallery are also the owners of the White Tiger Stone claim.

White Tiger Stone resembles Zebra Marble which is also found in Utah however the White Tiger Stone appears to be harder and have darker blacks and whiter whites than Zebra Marble.

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Tiffany Stone

Tiffany Stone

This beautiful stone comes from the Brush Wellman Beryllium Mine west of Delta, Utah.

Tiffany Stone comprises of several minerals including opalized fluorite (purple, blue and white colors), dolomite, manganese oxides (black coloration).  Tiffany Stone is mined for the bertrandite it contains.

Bertrandite contains the mineral beryllium.  The Tiffany Stone, once processed produces only about 1-2 percent of the beryllium for which it is mined.

Beryllium is lighter than aluminum and stronger than steel and is often alloyed with other metals.

This material was once relatively inexpensive and fairly easy to obtain.  We first saw this material about 20 years ago at an old rock shop south of Tucson and we decided we had to have some.

About the same time the material was gaining in popularity.  As the demand for the material was increasing the Brush Wellman Beryllium Mine closed its operations to collectors making it difficult to obtain and causing the price of the material to skyrocket.

Fortunately we were able to obtain some very nice “Old Stock” before the cost for the high quality material became prohibitive.

Since we live quite close to the mine location we still come across some of this material at the local rock shops however it’s difficult to find really nice material.

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Sonora Sunrise Chrysocolla

Sonoran Sunrise Chrysocolla

Sonora Sunrise has three main components, Chrysocolla (light blue color), Cuprite (red/orange color), and Tenorite (black). Sometimes there are other minerals found in the material such as Brochantite (green spots).

This wonderful material was mined in the Milpillas Mine in Sonora, Mexico between 2007 and 2010. Although poor quality material is still available for sale, the supply of high quality Sonora Sunrise Chrysocolla is believed to have dried up making high quality slabs quite rare.

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