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Serpentine, The Stone That Helps Restore Confidence

Updated on January 23, 2016
Dish of serpentine with inlaid gold fish, 1st century BCE or CE, with 9th century mounts.  Antigorite serpentine
Dish of serpentine with inlaid gold fish, 1st century BCE or CE, with 9th century mounts. Antigorite serpentine | Source

What is serpentine?

Serpentine is a natural stone whose color is predominately green. It is a translucent waxy silicate of magnesium that has the waxy feel to the surface.

The serpentine stone is actually a mass of tiny inter grown crystals. It comes in shades of green, olive, ochre, brown and black.

It received it's name because it is thought to resemble a snake's skin. Some of the finer pieces can sometimes be mistaken for jade.

Polished Lizadite Serpentine
Polished Lizadite Serpentine | Source

Types of Serpentine

  • Antigonite ~ dark blue/green in color
  • Lizardite ~ finely grained medium green shades, received its name because it is mined on Lizard Peninsula in the United Kingdom
  • Bowenite ~ light seafoam green to apple green, somewhat transparent
  • Retinalite ~ yellowish to yellowish-green
  • Williamsite ~ close in color to jade

There are many types of serpentine, I named the favorites.

Polished slab of bowenite serpentine, a variety of antigorite. Typical cloudy patches and veining are apparent.
Polished slab of bowenite serpentine, a variety of antigorite. Typical cloudy patches and veining are apparent. | Source

Uses and Healing Powers

  • Cleanses aura
  • can give assistance to the disorders in all parts of the body, including emotional state, mental state, and physical state
  • aids the clearing of blocked areas
  • brings chakras back in balance
  • can help people reach their business and personal dreams and desires
  • promotes good luck
  • balances hormones and assists in milk production in nursing mothers
  • restores confidence, dispels fear and enhances meditation

Serpentine rock from China
Serpentine rock from China | Source

A Few Legends

  • The serpentine stone was used as protection against sorcery and the dark acts by the Romans. It was believed that have the stone somewhere on the body gave them the protection they needed.
  • In the Middle Ages the stone was made in such a way that it could house medicine. It was believed to increase the healing powers of the medicine as well as make it last longer.
  • In America it was considered as a guardian of vital energy as well as a protector of the soul against invisible powers.

Williamsite Serpentine
Williamsite Serpentine | Source

Buying Serpentine Jewelry Online

  • ~ This website is a great on to go to for a wide selection of designer styles. Their departments include: bracelet, earrings, necklaces, and pendants. The featured designers are: designs by Veronica, Jess David, Mine Finds by Jay King, Noa Zuma Jewelry Designs, Statements by Amy Kahn Russell, Studio Barse, Technibond, The Lovejoy Collection and Treasures of Thailand by Sally C.
  • ~ This website has a wonderful variety of styles and variety of serpentine. Their jewelry types include: earrings, brooches, pendants, necklaces, and bracelets. The variety selection of serpentine stones include: Antigonite, Lizardite, Bowenite, Retinalite, and Williamsite.
  • ~ This is a great website, they have a large collection of styles and types. They feature serpentine stones from the Andes, Brazil, and Thailand. The type list is as follows: earrings, necklaces, bracelets, jewelry sets, brooches, and pendants. They carry the following styles: pendant, dangle, drop earrings, choker, floral, modern and abstract.
  • ~ On this website you will find a beautiful selection of handmade jewelry. The categories are: bracelets, necklaces, earrings, jewelry sets, and rings.
  • ~ The serpentine stone on this website comes from Russia. They have a small but very nice selection of bracelets and necklaces.
  • ~ I included this website because of their beautiful presentation of their small but lovely serpentine jewelry. They are offering 2 necklaces and 2 bracelets for sell.


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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks, CMHypno. I had seen a piece of serpintine jewlery that I just had to have. Once I got it I wanted to know more about it and before you know it - a new hub was born. Thanks for stopping in and thanks for the comment.

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      8 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      I have never come across serpentine before, so thanks for all the info. There are some interesting pieces of jewelry in your selection

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      It certainly is pretty, Pamela. You should see it in person, each stone looks like it has a life of its own. Thanks for stopping in.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      The jewelry is really pretty and a great selection.


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