SMQ30 Variscite
Lucin, Pilot Range, Box Elder Co., Utah, United States
7.1x 6.0x 6.0 cm

An nodule of variscite from Lucin (considered the “second best” locality for this material, after Clay Canyon, also located in Utah.) in its NATURAL STATE. Almost all the variscite nodules that make it to the market these days get sliced or halved, then polished. Looking at this specimen, it is not very hard to see why…. Still, it’s an interesting and rather unusual example of this material, if for no other reason than that it has not been tampered with. The original label dates it to Aug 23, 1961, when it was purchased by an unknown collector “for $1.00 at a rock shop in Moab, Utah.”

According to a calculator on the US Beaureau of Labor Statistics website, 1.00 in 1961 is about $7.82 in 2013 dollars… go figure.

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