6" Realistic, Carved African Green Stone Verdite (Fuchsite) Skull
This is a 6" long skull that was carved and polished from Africa green stone verdite (fuchsite) and an unidentified black, semi-metallic mineral that was collected from South Africa. The polish work is nice and the detailing is quite intricate. The underside of the skull and the nostrils have been hollowed-out, making the specimen closer in resemblance to a real skull.
Fuchsite chert also commonly referred to as "Dragon Stone" is cryptocrystalline quartz stone metamorphosed from Fuchsite. It was formed when the Fuchsite vein was subjected to intense pressure and dissolution from super hot ground waters which partially dissolved the Fuchsite into a silica solution, forming large boulders. Much of the material retains the emerald green coloring of Fuchsite, but can also be found in lighter shades of green. Fuchsite, also known as chrome mica, is a chromium rich variety of the mineral muscovite.