Petrologists often prefer to talk about the glaucophane-schist metamorphic facies rather than blueschist, because not all blueschist is all that blue. In this hand specimen, from Ward Creek, California, glaucophane is the major blue mineral species, but in other examples lawsonite, jadeite, epidote, phengite, garnet, and quartz are also common. It depends on the original rock that is metamorphosed. For instance, a blueschist-facies ultramafic rock consists mainly of serpentine (antigorite), olivine and magnetite.
As a landscaping stone, blueschist is responsible for some striking, even garish effects.
For more photos see the Metamorphic Rocks Gallery.