Serpentine Gemstones

The Serpentine is a variety of the mica mineral family. It is one of the most common varieties known as muscovite. This mineral is primarily made up of silicate sheets arranged in parallel to one another. It has been found in various parts of the world and used for multiple things over the years.

1. Appearance

The coloration found on this type of mineral can vary greatly depending on what part of the world it comes from and what sort of impurities have been mixed into its composition. In some areas where serpentine is mined, there are often other minerals mixed in with it to give it specific colors or patterns that are more desirable to buyers who are purchasing them. The most common colors associated with serpentine gemstone include greenish-yellow, brownish-green, and reddish-brown, along with black streaks found throughout its surface area. Many people believe that these streaks are proof that the stone was formed by volcanic activity at some point in time, but no one knows for sure.

2. Luster and Reflection

Serpentine gemstone has a waxy luster when it comes to its appearance. This is often because of the cloudiness found on its surface area. It also has a shallow refractive index of 1.51 to 1.58. This means it is highly transparent, and you can see right through it without any problems. It has a Mohs hardness of 2 to 2.5, and it is not considered an exceptionally durable stone in most cases, but some pieces have been known to last for generations if they are taken care of correctly over the years. Serpentine gemstone comprises various elements, including silicon, magnesium, iron, and many others. It is a very soft stone that is not considered very durable in most cases. Several excellent serpentine types are available, including ophiolite, chrysotile, and lizardite. The mineral is often cut en cabochon or carved into various shapes.

3. Occurrence

Serpentine can be mined from several locations. Some of the most common places it is found include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Italy, and the United States. Serpentine gemstone is usually sold through jewelry stores and other outlets selling rare or unusual gems. It is also sold online through many websites and stores in fine jewelry and stones.

4. Uses

In ancient times, this type of mica was used for carving various types of artwork and jewelry from it and for other purposes. Today, this mineral is still used for making jewelry pieces and also other things such as vases, bowls, and even religious symbols. Some people believe that the Serpentine is a stone that can bring good luck or even provide them with protection from evil spirits or negative energies.

To maintain the shine and luster of your serpentine gemstone, you should avoid wearing it in water or exposing it to any chemicals that could damage it. It is also a good idea to remove the stone from its setting and clean it by hand with a mild soap solution at least once a month.