Variscite is a rare, green, phosphate mineral. Its color varies from a yellow green to emerald green often with black or white/cream inclusions running through it. These colors are due to the presence of chromium and vanadium. The mineral crandallite reveals itself in the form of white veins running throughout. The original Variscite was found in Germany, 1837, at Messbach, Voigtland, Saxony. The ancient name for Voightland is Variscia, named for a Germanic tribe that settled there.