Serpentine is a group of minerals that encompasses several different varieties of magnesium-rich silicate minerals. It is named after its resemblance to the skin of a serpent or snake due to its mottled and scaly appearance. Serpentine minerals come in various colors, including green, brown, yellow, and white, and they are often used as gemstones and ornamental stones.
Some of the common varieties of serpentine include:
- Green Serpentine: This is the most well-known variety and is often referred to as “New Jade” due to its green color and similarities to jade. It is believed to have calming and balancing properties.
- Williamsite: Williamsite is a rare and prized variety of serpentine that has a green color with white or light-colored patterns. It is often used for decorative purposes.
- Bowenite: Bowenite is a translucent green variety of serpentine that has been used historically for carving and jewelry-making.