Locality - Madagascar Size – 100 x 60 x 47mm Weight – 473g
This fuchsite standing freeform features deep, mossy green and icy grey-white tones with sparkling, silvery pyrite flecks scattered throughout. It has been expertly shaped to an attractive, rounded form and polished to a high lustre, able to stand proudly as a unique natural decor piece. Fuchsite is very rarely crafted into large display pieces, so this special piece makes a fine addition to any crystal collection.
Fuchsite is a green variety of muscovite mica, its colour caused by high chromium content, with fine specimens showing rich, emerald colouration and a sparkling effect on its surface caused by fine grained crystals within it. It is often associated with ruby (specimens that are often incorrectly marketed as 'ruby in zoisite') and may also be included with silvery pyrite flecks. It was originally discovered in Schwarzenstein Mountain in Austria, and named in 1842 by Karl F. Emil von Schafhäutl in honor of the German mineralogist Johann Nepomuk von Fuchs. Most fuchsite is mined in Brazil, though it has also been discovered in India, Russia, Madagascar and South Africa. Fuchsite is one of the most commonly misspelled and mispronounced minerals, often mistakenly spelt 'fuschite' and pronounced with a long 'u', when it is correctly pronounced 'fook-site', as in 'book'.