Good morning crystal lovers, welcome to Crystal Thursday. This weeks topic is a moderately rare mineral called Serpentine originally posted to my blog on March 31, 2018.
From what I found the name Serpentine has two schools of thought. One says it is the color that is snake like. Being green with occasional flecks of brown, black and yellow is kind of snake like. The other says the name comes from the way it forms in plates that resemble snakeskin. I will leave it to you, my readers, to decide which story you want to believe.
Serpentine is not a single mineral, it’s a group of several divided into two categories. One being fibrous which are used in making Asbestos and the other non-fibrous which has been in use since ancient times for jewelry, ornamental pieces such as decorative bowls and statuary as well as decorative purposes in buildings as floor tile, wall or other creative uses. A couple non fibrous examples of are Antigorite and Lizardite.
Many ancient cultures were quite fond of Serpentine for it’s beautiful green color that is the result of a nickel, chromium and cobalt mixture. The color of the stone varies from light to dark green depending on the amount of these chemicals. It can also be found in a range from opaque to transparent.
On the Mohs Scale of hardness Serpentine is anywhere from a three to a six making it very useful for carving and shaping. Some of the locations it’s found in around the world are here in the US, Canada, China, Italy, Britain and Russia.
Now let’s get to the fun stuff and look at some of the metaphysical qualities of Serpentine.
- Serpentine resonates, and clears all chakras.
- It is said to develop a feeling of inner peace and calm.
- It is said wearing or carrying Serpentine can protect against negative energy and bad luck.
- It is said to help balance digestive problems.
- It is said to help menstrual cramps.
- Some people believe it helps you live longer.
- It is said to help ease dementia and Alzheimer symptoms.
Like all crystals and minerals the list of benefits gained from working with them is always interesting. I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief look at Serpentine. If the qualities of this stone resonate with you I encourage you to purchase a piece and work with it. Keep in mind I am not a doctor and sharing healing qualities of this or any crystal or mineral is in no way giving medical advice. Working with it can help but if you are ill see your medical practitioner of choice.
Until Next Time…
Blessed Be ❤ Sharon