This large fuchsite sphere features gorgeous, deep mossy green and dark, stormy grey tones in subtle colour banding with unique inclusions of shiny, silvery-gold pyrite flecks, and it displays a spectacular, mesmerising sparkle when turned in the light. This sphere is very sizeable, with a diameter of 90mm and weighing in over a kilo, and displays beautifully as a unique, natural decor piece. This particularly rich green, pyrite-included material is top-grade fuchsite from a recent find in Madagascar, an excellent 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'.