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Variscite

Phosphate mineral

Variscite is a hydrated aluminium phosphate mineral (Al ). It is a relatively rare phosphate mineral. It is sometimes confused with turquoise ; however, variscite is usually greener in color. The green color results from the presence of small amounts of trivalent chromium (Cr3+ ).

Identification

Color of mineral

Green
Blue
Yellow
Brown
Red
White

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

4.5

Density ( specific gravity )

1.563
1.588
1.594

Luster ( interacts light )

Vitreous
Waxy

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Orthorhombic