Serpentine stone has been mined successfully in Afghanistan, China, England, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States. It is actually not a mineral but a group of minerals which combine into what we call Serpentine stone.
Rarely will Serpentine stone be found in fine jewelry. For metaphysical uses, it is used mainly in the form of pendant beads or tumbled stones rather than actual beads, however with some effort, serpentine beads can occasionally be found.
When the stone has a higher calcite content, it is often used in decorative carvings as it has a look very similar to marble. When the stone has a higher bound water content, is it often used as filler between the various layers of steel used to shield nuclear reactors.
Serpentine stone is often called New Jade because many forms of it resemble Jade once it has been polished. It comes in many colors varying all the way from almost pure white, through various shades of yellows, greens and reds and into the shades of brown.
In it’s raw form, many of the darker shades of serpentine stone appear similar to the skin of a snake or serpent, which gave rise to the name, serpentine.
Serpentine gemstone is an excellent stone to use when peace is needed in any situation. Keep one in your home to help calm arguments and place one near the cash register to keep your customers extra happy.
To help you take your meditation to new heights, keep a serpentine stone nearby. It will help calm your inner conflicts and bring greater peace into your life.
In times past, serpentine stone has been used as an amulet against all sorts of poisonous bites from insects, snakes and scorpions. Of course when dealing with any insect or animal which may be poisonous, always use common sense and never tempt fate simply because you have an amulet against it.
When kidney or stomach problems seem to keep hanging on, gemstone healers often recommend taping a serpentine stone at your navel level. Sleep with it in place to help pull out infections and the negative energies that are causing the problems.
An excellent stone to help with a wide range of women’s problems. It has been used to regulate the supply of breast milk in nursing mothers, ease menstrual pain and abdominal cramping during menstruation and has been placed in the bed or under the pillow to help women achieve orgasm when tension and nervousness is preventing it from happening.
Magickal Uses of Serpentine
- realization of potential
- Main Chakra: Heart
- Planet: Saturn
- Vibrates to the number: 8
- Element: Fire
- Astrological Sign: Scorpio
SERPENTINE STONE TECHNICAL DETAILS
- Chemical Composition and Name – NOTE: Serpentine is comprised of a group of minerals. The formula X2-3Si2O5(OH)4 is an example which contains all the members of the serpentine group.
- Hardness – 2.5-5.5
- Specific Gravity – 2.5 – 3.2
- Refractive Index (R.I.) – 1.56 – 1.571
- Bi-refringence – 0.008 to 0.014
- Optic Sign – Negative
- Optical Character – Biaxial