Fuchsite

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Fuchsite

Description

A deep green variety of muscovite. The green color is produced by chromium having replaced some of the aluminum in the usual potassium aluminum silicate matrix. In the U.S., fuchsite is quarried in Shrewsbury VT. Fuschsite provides the coloring for Greenlandite and Indian jade.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Greenlandite; Indian jade; fuchsite (Fr.); Fuchsit, Fuchsitglimmer (Deut.); fuchsiet (Ned.)

Fuchsite

Other Properties

luster = glassy crystals are pleochroic

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 506
  • Jack Odgen, Jewellery of the Ancient World, Rizzoli International Publications Inc., New York City, 1982
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997