Serpentine from different locations are often given trade names such as Ricolite from New Mexico and New Jade from China.
Serpentine was formed when water from magmas metamorphosed previous igneous or sedimentary rocks. Serpentine is a magnesium silicate mineral.
Serpentine gemstone cabochons have a hardness of about 3, but usually take a high polish. Care must be taken in setting, wearing and cleaning your cabochons.
Serpentine ranges in color from pale yellow to forest green and is found in dense granular or fibrous masses. It can have streaks or blotches of gray, black, yellow, red, or white, due to various impurities.
Serpentine can also sometimes be translucent, which can sometimes be mislabeled as Jade.
Serpentine is found in many countries including the US, South Africa, Brazil, and the Philippines.
Serpentine is said to owe its name either to its serpent-like colors and patterns or from an old belief that the stones were effective protection from snake bites.
Serpentine gemstones are soothing to the emotional body, allowing one to release fear of change or hardship and to look forward to the future with expectation and excitement.
We have several varieties of Serpentine semi precious gemstone designer cabochons listed-check them all out!