Fuchsite - Mineral and Healing Properties
Chemistry: Muscovite K(Al,Cr)3Si3O10(OH)2, Potassium aluminum silicate hydroxide fluoride
Uses: Mineral specimen and ornamental stone.
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Greenish variety of muscovite mica, high in chromium. Plate-like and layered (form of mica) and is also known as Green Muscovite. It can have a wonderfully dark emerald green color that can have a beautiful sparkly shine if the crystals are small. It is often found in compact masses with small crystals. The green color is the result of chromium impurities.
Origin Of The Name
Fuchsite was named after the German mineralogist Johann Fuch, 1774-1856; a German mineralogist and chemist, studying in Freiberg, Berlin, and Paris. In 1807, he was professor of those sciences in the university of Landshnt, and in 1823 conservator of the 'mineralogical collections at Munich, where he was made professor of mineralogy.
Fushite, the green variety of muscovite mica. The presence of chromium is what turns Fuchsite green.
Where Is It Found
Fuchsite can be found in notable deposits in Brazil, India, Zimbabwe, Ural - Russia and in the Alps.
What Do We Do With It
Fuchsite or green muscovite is in demand for the manufacture of fireproofing and insulating materials and to some extent as a lubricant.
Fuchsite is a variety of Muscovite, which is a form of Mica. Ruby crystals are sometimes found within the Fuchsite. When this occurs, it is known as Ruby Fuchsite. In this case, the healing properties will be a combination of both Ruby and Fuchsite gemstones. Fuchsite helps us to understand issues concerning our daily lives; such as stress, physical health, routines, career and environment. It brings about a need to focus on basic concerns directly related to interactions with other people and the material world. Fuchsite channels information regarding holistic and herbal remedies, giving suggestions as to the most holistic action to take and receiving guidance on health matters and well-being.
Psychologically, Fuchsite teaches true self-worth, assisting in the elimination of a tendency towards martyrdom or issues of servitude. Fuchsite helps to overcome codependency and aids in a speedy recovery from trauma, both emotionally and physically. Fuchsite increases the energy of other crystals and helps in the transfer of their energy. It shifts energy into positive channels, therefore releasing blockages caused by excess energy. Fuchsite stabilizes spinal column alignment and increases flexibility in the musculoskeletal system. It treats repetitive strain injury, carpal tunnel syndrome and also aids in balancing the red and white blood cell ratio.
Color: Green, often a deep green with a hint of yellow.
Luster: Vitreous to pearly
Transparency: Crystals are transparent to transparent.
Crystal System: Monoclinic; 2/m
Crystal Habits: Tabular crystals with a prominent pinacoid termination. Fuchshite's four prism faces form diamond shaped "books" and if modified by another pinacoid they form pseudo-hexagonal crystal "books". The sides of the crystal often tend to tapper. Also as lamellar rock forming masses and small flakes in detrital material. Twinned crystals can form flat five pointed stars.
Cleavage: Perfect in one direction producing thin sheets or flakes.
Fracture: Not readily observed due to cleavage but is uneven.
Hardness: 2 - 2.5
Specific Gravity: 2.8
Associated Minerals: Quartz, feldspars, beryl and tourmalines.
Best Field Indicators: Crystal habit, cleavage, elastic sheets, color and associations.