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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.)

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Luster = glassy
  • Crystals are pleochroic

Resources and Citations

  • 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