is a relatively rare, translucent, pastel green to emerald green gemstone with blue or yellow overtones.
    It often contains patches of white, gray or brown matrix, it has a waxy luster and takes a fine polish.

    Variscite has a hardness of 4.0 - 5.0 and a specific gravity of 2.57. Major sources are found in USA, Brazil, Australia, and Germany.

    Variscite is sometimes confused with chrysocolla, chrysoprase and turquoise.

    Alleged metaphysical properties
    Sometimes called "The Generator" Variscite is said to help heal damaged DNA and to positively stimulate healthy DNA.

    Among crystal healers Variscite is believed to balances central nervous system and brings emotional stability.

    It is also used to treat overexposure to radiation.

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    Venetian glass is some of the finest glass available in the entire world.

    The term "Venetian glass" refers to glass and glass cane manufactured in the region of Venice, Italy.

    Nowadays it is used to describe three distinct things as described in detail below:

    - raw material glass made in Venice,

    - glass beads/art using designs originating from Venice, or

    - glass beads/art made of Venetian glass.

    Generally the term denotes a very high level of craftsmanship.
    "Venetian Glass Beads" is, originally, the name for beautiful antique glass beads made in Venice of the late 1800s.
    Antique Venetian Beads are of the finest quality, rare and highly prized by collectors.

    Today, many types of glass beads made by hand in Venice are sold under the label "- Venetian Glass Beads - Made in Italy".
    Venetian glass beads are some of the most beautiful beads in the world.
    Glass artisans in Venice often come from generations of glass working talent and have unparalleled skills in bead making.

    For commercial lampworked glass, the Italians have the most remarkable techniques and have produced exquisite beads for centuries .

    Frequently, manufacturers from other renowned glass bead-making regions buy Venetian glass as a raw material.
    These beads are accurately described by stating where they were manufactured and using what type of glass material, in this case "Venetian."

    Beads made in these other regions may also use Venetian trade bead designs that are very old and not the property of any particular manufacturer.

    The word "Venetian" is not protected like the word "champagne," for example.

    Again, these beads are most accurately described by disclosing the origin of the bead and stating that it is in a Venetian "style."

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    is gold-plated silver.
    Less occasionally, gold-plated bronze is referred to as vermeil.
    Vermeil beads used in Exorno Creations jewellery are guaranteed by our suppliers to meet the high standards of 100 millionths of an inch of 14/18/22 or 24 karat gold layered over sterling silver.

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    is a bead which is no longer manufactured but is not old enough to be antique.
    Popular opinion contends that anything at least 25 years old is considered vintage.

    If an item is at least 100 years old its antique.

    1000 years old is considered ancient.

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