Verdite

Trade name for a green ornamental stone, primarily an impure Fuchsite mica originally from North Kaap river, Kaap Station, South Africa.

Verdite consists primarily of fuchsite with minor albite, chlorite Group, corundum, diaspore, margarite, quartz, rutile and talc.

Verdite has been used in Southern Africa for cultural purposes for a long time.
General Information
A variety or type of:Fuchsite, which is a variety of Muscovite
Photos of natural/un-cut material from mindat.org
Physical Properties of Verdite
Mohs Hardness3
Walter Schumann, Gemstones of the world (2001)
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Specific Gravity2.80 to 3.0
Walter Schumann, Gemstones of the world (2001)
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Optical Properties of Verdite
Refractive Index1.580 (+/-)
Herve Nicolas Lazzarelli, Blue Chart Gem Identification (2010)
Colour
Colour (General)Deep green often showing yellow to red spots, mottled structure
Herve Nicolas Lazzarelli, Blue Chart Gem Identification (2010)
TransparencyTranslucent,Opaque
Walter Schumann, Gemstones of the world (2001)
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LustreVitreous,Silky,Pearly
Anthony et al, Handbook of Mineralogy (2001)
Further Information
Mineral information:Verdite information at mindat.org
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