Serpentine (Peru)

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Open yourself to Kundalini Energy.

Gain control over you own life.

Integrate the past, present, and future.

Forgive yourself and demonstrate self-love.

Let Serpentine show you the pathway to wisdom! 

 

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Mineralogy of Serpentine

Raw Serpentine

Raw Serpentine, Devil’s Den, Massachusetts, USA

Mineral Family: Phyllosiliocates

Chemical Composition: (Mg,Fe,Ni)3Si2O5(OH)4
Cleavage: Perfect, but not visible
Crystal System: Monoclinic
Color: Green-yellow
Form/Habit: Massive or pseudomorphous
Fracture: Conchoidal to splintery
Gravity:  2.44-2.62
Hardness: 2.5-5.5
Luminescence: Yellow (long and short waves)
Luster: Sub-vitreous to greasy, can also be resinous, earthy, or dull
Streak: White
Transparency:  Semitransparent (rare), opaque (common)

Location: Serpentine is so widespread that deposits are found worldwide. The major mining operations are located in Afghanistan, Canada, China, England, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, South Africa, and the United States.Serpentine Mine LocationsMineral Family: Serpentine is a general name given to a family of 16 distinct hydrous silicate minerals.  Some are rich in iron or aluminum.  Others are rich in magnesium or calcium.  Others in maganese, lithium, nickle, or zinc.  All varieties of Serpentine are Silicates.  Silicate minerals are the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. Serpentine belongs to the Phyllosilicate group, which also includes ChrysocollaFuchsite, Lepidolite, and Prehnite.

Serpentine Ore Processing, Salt River District, Arizona

Formation: Serpentine is a secondary mineral, meaning that it is formed by the chemical alteration of another mineral, such as Olivine.  Serpentine typically occur as masses of tiny, inter-grown minerals.

Mining: Serpentine is heavily mined, for both industrial and decorative uses.  For example, Chrysotile is a white Serpentine mineral that is the most important asbestos mineral, while “Serpentine Marble” a beautiful green Serpentine ore rock is mined as huge slabs and polished to a high sheen.  

Enhancements: All Serpentine is natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.

Synonyms: Chrysotile, Antigorite, Lizardite, Amesite. May also be called “New Jade

 

 

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Rough Serpentine, Serpentine Ore Processing

History of Serpentine

Venus of Galgenberg

Venus of Galgenberg

The name Serpentine refers to this molted green rock’s resemblance to snake skin. The comparison is especially clear when Serpentine is interlaced with magnetite. It is found in large deposits all over the world, it can be easily carved, and many varieties will take a bright polish. As a result, it has been a prized stone for millennia and is included in virtually every known lapidary, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. Some of the most ancient traditions concerning Serpentine date back to the very dawn of human civilization and probably originated long before that!

The oldest known Serpentine carving, the Venus of Galgenberg, was carved c.30,000 BCE. It was found in 1988 near Stratzing, Austria. The Venus of Galgenberg is thousands of years older than the Venus of Willendorf, the most famous female figurine of the prehistoric world, which was also found in Austria. The purpose of these figurines remains unknown, but is a source of much conjecture.

Chieftain Cup, Serpentine

Chieftain Cup

Serpentine was also used to make carvings in the ancient world, and museums around the world contain beautiful specimens. Some of the most famous belong to the Minoan Civilization (3000-1100 BCE), which was located on the Island of Crete. This ancient civilization carved bowls, cups, and vases out of the green stone, such as the beautiful Chieftain Cup, which shows a prince receiving skins after a successful hunt.

Since Roman times, Serpentine has been said to offer protection from sorcery and disease. Peasants, particularly in Italy, wore carved amulets made of Serpentine to protect against venomous snakebites. There are also stories about Serpentine being used to carve “Fright Stones,” which were amulets carved with ugly faces, and were said to drive away frightening things.

Photos: Venus of Galgenberg, Chieftain Cup

 

Healing Properties of Serpentine

Spiritual: Serpentine is a phenomenal meditation stone, both grounding and elevating. It cleanses and aligns the entire Chakra field and opens up psychic channels. It is one of the best stones for exploring Kundalini energy and creating pathways for that energy to rise. Serpentine connects the heart and mind to the natural world and teaches patience. It is particularly useful for “Old Souls” who use earth magic for large-scale healing rituals. Serpentine is attuned to ALL the Chakras and linked to the astrological sign of Gemini. It is connected to the element of Earth and vibrates to the number 8.

Emotional: Serpentine has an exceptionally soothing energy. It gently helps us to release fear, particularly of change and the unknown, so we can be hopeful for the future. Serpentine also reveals how we can honor our own needs and desires, without feeling guilty. Serpentine encourages us to explore and develop healthy personal boundaries. It is particularly good for women who are healing from sexual trauma, or children who have experienced abuse. Serpentine reduces the strain of emotional manipulation, and replaces it with a desire to be honest and real. It also shows us that when approached correctly, sensuality and sexuality can be a pathway to peace and contentment. 

Mental: Serpentine is a wisdom stone, which urges us to live in peace and make healthy choices. It encourages us to actively work to resolve conflicts, rather than negatively engaging or ignoring problems. Serpentine reminds us that we each have responsibility for our own lives and how our lives affect the larger world. This being so, we are called upon to become a little bit wiser and kinder every day. 

Physical: Serpentine is a valuable healing tool for treating disorders in all areas of the body. In particular, it is used by metaphysical healers to treat diabetes and hypoglycemia. It is also said to reduce reduce cramps and menstrual pain, as well as emotional mood swings related to PMS. Serpentine is also believed to help heal sexual dysfunction and increase fertility.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Ethically Sourced Serpentine Peru 

 

The Miners tumble and polish their own stock.

They sell to a US Importer with local Peruvian roots.

The Importer sells directly to Moonrise Crystals. 

Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.

 

 

 

 

 

The Supply Chain

The Supply Chain is short and clean.

The Mine, Lapidary and Export company are located in the same country.

 

 

The Mine

This Serpentine Peru is a byproduct of an industrial serpentine sub-group mine in Peru.  

The exact deposit is unknown, but Peru has some of the best safety standards for miners.

Learn More: Ethical Mining

 

 

The Lapidary & Importer

This Serpentine Peru was polished in Lima, Peru and imported to the United States.    

The Importer is a family business with deep ties to Peruvian miners.

It was founded by an aunt in the USA and her nephew in Lima, Peru.

The Importer is eco-conscious and workers are paid fairly

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary

 

Sourcing Relationship

I first spoke to the manager of the export company after finding them online in early 2017 and met the manager in person at the Denver Gem Show later that year.  I was cautious about doing business with them since they are the exporter, rather than the miners or tumblers.  But I studied their company and was pleased by their dedication to environmentalism.  They focus on exporting Fair Trade, Consciously-Made, and No-Harm Peruvian handicrafts.  They also have worked to reduce their carbon footprint in their wholesale warehouse.

In 2019, I had a long conversation with the manager about ethical topics in the stone industry.  She was willing to speak candidly about both the positives and the negatives.  She also shared how she personally struggled with the ethical issues and her part in the supply chain.  Whenever a shipment of goods arrives from Peru, she insists on smudging every box before it is brought into the factory.  The manager introduced me to the mother of the current owner.  A tiny woman, less than 5 ft tall, she was happy to reminisce with me about how she started the company more than 30 years ago.  She had been a young immigrant mother, searching for a new life.  Her nephew, back in Peru, shipped her a few buckets of Pyrite and asked her to see if she could sell them.  She laughed to remember those days and radiated happiness and gratitude.  Today, the business is run by her son and his cousin in Peru.

Serpentine Peru Tumbled Stone

Color: Green.  This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.

Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger

Weight: 1 oz

Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days.  International First Class averages 2-3 weeks. 

 

Safe Handling of Serpentine

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