Fuchsite has a wonderful emerald-green color with a beautiful sparkly shine. It is in fact a dark green variety of muscovite. Fuchsite contains nearly four percent of chromium (chrome mica), and the green color comes as a result of these chromium impurities. Muscovite itself is a Potassium aluminum silicate hydroxide fluoride, with the chemical structure KAl2 (Al Si3 O10 )(F, OH)2. Fuchsite is quite soft, with a hardness around 2 or 3 Moh’s scale. It is often found in compact masses with small crystals.

This material was named after Johann Nepomuk von Fuchs (1774-1856), a German chemist and mineralogist, chiefly known for his mineralogical observations and for his work on soluble glass. He was ennobled by the king of Bavaria in 1854.

Fuchsite is said to have a strong connection to the herbal world. It increases the healing effects of certain herbal tinctures and enhances the transfer of energy from other minerals. It also tends to speed the healing process, and help improve the immune system.