When life gets too chaotic and nothing seems to bring calm, it is time to have faith in the mystical powers of gemstones, minerals and crystals. They hold unbelievable powers for those who believe in them. Serpentine is one such gemstone which is powerful, vibrant and which has intuitive energies that can heal any soul. It is a stone that can truly guide us towards our true purpose in life. Serpentine is composed of hydrated magnesium silicate and is popular because of its gem-like quality. While green is the dominant color of this stone, there are many other shades to this stone primarily yellow and brown. While there are many varieties of Serpentine mined from many parts of the world, there are two basic aggregate structures that are gemstone worthy – antigorite and chrysotile. Antigorite is a solid and gemmy variety of Serpentine and is usually platy whereas Chrysotile is more fibrous and crystallized. The Chrysotile variety isn’t used as gemstone because of the presence of ‘asbestos’ which causes asbestosis, a health hazard for the lungs. Thus only antigorite is used for making gemstone jewelry making. Serpentine’s unique nature is further accentuated by the fact that its physical properties can vary to such an extent that no two Serpentine stone can be said to have the same properties. Serpentine (of the antigorite variety) are further categorized into two kinds – noble serpentine and precious serpentine.
Though Serpentine is composed of magnesium silicate, traces of iron have been found on it as well. Chromium, nickel and cobalt have also been found in this stone. It is a translucent stone that is not exactly a hard stone. In fact its hardness can range between 2.5 to 5.5 on the Mohs scale depending upon the composition. It has a greasy, waxy and silky luster that often makes it look like Nephrite Jade. However Nephrite Jade is harder and much more tougher than Serpentine.
Serpentine in its various compositions are found in many parts of the world but most significantly in Afghanistan, Canada, Britain, Greece, Cyprus, China, Russia, Korea, France, Austria, Myanmar, India, Norway, New Zealand, Italy and the USA.
In many cultures and traditions the mere name Serpentine would at once draw gasps from one and all. It is believed that the stone gets its name from the word “serpent” and since we are pre-dominantly talking about a green colored stone, its association with snakes has always been very strong. It has both been used as an ornamental stone as well as a healing stone. There have been many believes associated with the stone ranging from how it can help a wearer fight disease to how it can ward off the evil eyes surrounding a person. It has also been regarded as a powerful meditative stone that helps wearers find their inner peace. Serpentine is known to arouse the Kundalini energies.
Serpentine is known and acknowledged for its metaphysical properties. It is a stone that helps a person see himself in a better light. It is a stone that activates the residing energies within the body. The stone helps a wearer see things around him positively. Since it is one of the most potent stones that stimulates the Kundalini energies, it helps a wearer stay positive and zealous always. Wearing the stone or simply keeping it close is known to be effective.
Acknowledged to turn on the intellectual abilities, it helps to understand the universal truth along with the energies motto to suffuse in the surrounding.
Serpentine is a green colored stone. However, the greenish tinge varies from stone to stone – from white to yellow and also grey.