Serpentine Crystals Meanings and Properties

Serpentine Crystals Meanings and Properties

It is used widely in the treatment of some heart complaints, such as arrhythmia, and also irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and abdominal cramps. Most serpentine leaves the user feeling lighter and more balanced.

Alternative Names: Various, see below

Mineral Information

Origin: Worldwide

Mineral Species: Serpentine Group

Mineral Group: Silicates

Chemical Formula: (Mg,Fe,Ni)3Si2O5(OH)4

Hardness: 3.5-5.5

Crystal System: Monoclinic

Colour: White, grey, yellow, green, greenish blue, rarely red

General Information: Serpentine is a group of at least 16 different related hydrous sliicate minerals, which are divided into 4 structural subgroups:

Chrysotile, which is fibrous and used to produce asbestos.

Antigorite, which occurs in corrugated plates or fibres.

Lizardite (named after the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall), a fine-grained variety.

Amesite, which forms platy or pseudohexagonal columnar crystals.


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