The Serpentine stone is made up of a group of minerals that are characterized by not having a crystal shape. These minerals are generated by the alteration by some magnesium silicates, such as olivine, amphiboles and pyroxenes. The chemical formula of this mineral is: Mg6 ((OH) 8 Si4O10).
There are three polymorphic forms, these are: lizardite, chrysotile and antigorite, the latter additionally possess orthorhombic polymorphs. Chrysotile has an asbestiform appearance and is fibrous, while lizardite and antigorite are generally fine-grained solid.
The Serpentine is formed by the transformation of some magmatite rocks, such as the connemara and the bastita among others, which take on a bright and polished color when transformed.
Physical properties of Serpentine.
System : Monoclinic
Hardness : 2.5 – 5 (Mohs).
Stripe : White-greyish
Color : Green, yellowish, brown, reddish, black.
Transparency : Translucent.
Brightness : Fatty.
Density : 2.5 to 2.6 gr / cm3.
Luster : Waxy to fatty, silky on fibrous.
Tenacity : Brittle.
Types of Streamers
- Bastita : it is a variety of Serpentine with a rhombic crystalline shape and a silky shine.
- Bowenite : this variety is shown in light green or apple green, it also has light spots.
- Connemara : it is a green colored rock, it is a growth of marble and Serpentine.
- Williamsita : the color shown by this variety is olive green, with inclusions in black.
- Antico Verde : it is a serpentine marble of green color, and it presents furrows by veins of white calcite.
- Stichtite : the colors it shows are pink, red to lilac, which originate when the Chromiferous Serpentine is transformed.
Formerly in the Assyrian empire, seals made in Serpentine were elaborated , in order for the goddesses and gods to give their blessings to the people, the women of that community used necklaces made with Serpentine when they were breastfeeding, since these they considered that it regulated the amount of breast milk.
Also, in the Middle Ages it was thought that the Serpentine was a stone that could protect people from disease, suffering and spells. These stones were also used to scare, in the form of grotesque amulets that were intended to scare away with scares.
On the other hand, the Aztecs considered the Serpentine as a very valuable crystal, although it is an ordinary stone. Therefore, various pieces of jewelry have been found with this stone, in order to protect against bad intentions, bad luck, dark magic and evil.
The symbolism of this stone is of great significance, for example in Egypt it symbolized regeneration, in Africa strength, moving water and fertility and in Greece clairvoyance and harmony.
Similarly in the United States, specifically at the beginning of the 20th century, this stone was very popular and was marketed as serpentine marble.
Some countries around the world have deposits with a lot of space, these are: Canada, Australia, Russia, Great Britain, Italy, Burma, Brazil, Zimbagwe, New Zealand and South Africa.
Healing properties of Serpentine.
- Activates the assimilation of oxygen and nutrients from the body, also increases the absorption of calcium in bones.
- It is of great help for the functioning of the heart and lungs.
- It is also very efficient in treating hypoglycemia and diabetes.
- Calms muscle and headaches and helps fight parasites.
- It is highly recommended for meditations.
- It helps to incorporate conditions for mental perception, managing to activate psychic capacities and additionally recovers lost wisdom and memories of past lives.
- It helps to move the energies to some areas where we may have problems, then proceed to begin the detoxification and healing process in these areas, this is achieved in an average state of meditation.
· Stabilizes the genius. This stone controls mood and very long periods of rage for those people who have sudden temperament changes.
· Helps eliminate fear of failure, allowing the individual to take risks with a positive mind.
· The Serpentine was used in ancient times as incrustations on the walls, windows and columns of palaces, not only to decorate with the beauty of this stone, but to ward off bad energies and to drive away the dark ghosts of the night.
· Eliminates toxins from the body and helps with better functioning of the lungs and heart, also helps to absorb oxygen and calcium.
· The therapeutic properties of Serpentine help to treat problems related to diabetes and parasites.
· The Serpentine allows to open the spleen and heart chakras. This green rock releases all the checkpoints of the human body.
· For people who carry this stone, it is said that it is capable of granting longevity.
· Nutrients in the blood and calcium in the bones are better absorbed thanks to Serpentine.
· It helps the nervous system to stay in good condition, in addition Serpentine regulates the body.
· Calms menstrual pain and regenerates body cells.
· If a person suffers from an illness or feels pain, this stone is placed on the affected area, and is capable of focusing all the healing power and energy on these areas.
· The negative energies that we have inside are absorbed by the Serpentine.
· Shields the mind against bad influences and strengthens the will and conscience.
· It helps to recycle the negative energies of our body, soul and mind and transforms them into good vibes.
· It is recognized for being a magic stone that breaks curses, the bearer of the Serpentine will be protected from any evil intention that wants to reach the spirit or essence, also manages to convert these bad energies into good vibrations.
· The Serpentine opens new spiritual paths, clearing the mind of confusing and overwhelming thoughts.
· With time and dedication, this stone facilitates meditation taking you to a new level of consciousness.
· The chakra that is located in the spine is released by the Serpentine stone, rising like a snake up the spine. It is a very powerful and overwhelming energy of kundalini, known as the power of the serpent.
Uses of the Serpentine.
· The Serpentine is one of the most used crystals to decorate with Tibetan bowls.
· This stone is widely used in jewelry to make rings, necklaces and other precious jewelry, thanks to its color and striking patterns.
· In Europe the Serpentine is used in artistic sculptures, in statues and in pictures with texture.
· Some history museums and churches use Serpentine decorations.
· Shamans and healers use Serpentine as an ingredient to make concoctions and antidotes against snake venoms.
· In the same way, these healers considered this Serpentine stone as repellent of bad spirits and as protector of bad energies.
· It is used as a substitute for marble in windows, wall tiles, stained glass, etc.
· Its use in decoration is important, it is one of the favorites when decorating, thanks to its professional and brilliant finishes for the ease of polishing and cleaning it without damaging its natural enamel.
Cleaning and recharging the Serpentine.
To free your Serpentine stone from the bad energies that accumulate inside, you must bury it in a pot for a whole night, then in the morning when you dig it up and it will be recharged.
If what you have is an energetic crystal, it will only be enough to clean it with a cotton cloth and mild or neutral soap. Avoid using acid-containing chemicals to clean the stone.
Serpentine is considered a stone that can be easily scratched, therefore, it is recommended that when storing it, it should be done individually, never together with other gems or jewelry, preferably in a soft cloth bag or case and in a box or fabric jewelry box.
Curiosities of the Serpentine.
- In Corsica, there is a church called San Michel de Murato, which has colored stripes on its walls that are made with serpentine stones.
- Ancient ethnic groups, used to use the Serpentine stone as a substitute for Jade, these ethnic groups made necklaces and earrings characteristic of their peoples.
- Previously there was a belief about the Serpentine, as it was able to protect against the evil eye, bad energies, and evil spirits.
- The serpentine was considered a protective stone against diseases and spells, specifically in pre-Roman times and in the Middle Ages.
- At that same time, the Serpentines were cut in the form of grotesque amulets that drove away with the scares, for that reason they were called the stone to scare.
According to some traditions the Serpentine serves to prevent snake bites, prevents poisoning and physical aggression.