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History of the serpentine

The modern name for the stone is serpentinite, although it is still known to most people as serpentine. “Serpent” in Latin means “snake”: the color of the stone resembles snake skin, hence the name “serpentine”. And its history is shrouded in legends.

According to one of them, it is believed that the serpentine is the petrified skin of a fiery serpent – the Great Snake, which guarded the entrance to the cave with gold. Anyone who finds a serpentine in the mountains will certainly find a treasure.

Another legend says that Adam, tempted by the persuasion of the Serpent-tempter and having tasted an apple from the Tree of Knowledge, choked and spat out a piece on the ground. He turned to stone, which turned out to be serpentine. It is because of this that someone considers the serpentine a stone of knowledge, while others speak of it as a dangerous mineral that can bring trouble.

Polished serpentine stones.  Photo:
Polished serpentine stones. Photo:

The stone has one incredible property: with special processing, it splits into elastic fibers, like threads. It is known that fire-retardant fabric was woven from such threads back in the time of Peter I. Nikita Demidov (1656−1725), a famous gunsmith, demonstrated fire-resistant stone fiber in action, throwing it into the fireplace and taking it out unharmed, which greatly surprised the Russian Tsar .

Physico-chemical properties of the coil

Serpentine is a fairly dense rock with the finest fibrous structure. The color varies from yellowish green to almost black. The spots on the stone can be large or small, banded or round, depending on the composition.

Usually serpentines are opaque, but there is a variety called “noble serpentine” and radically different in appearance from the main mass of stones. The latter have a beautiful yellowish-green color, perfectly polished and translucent along the edges. “Noble serpentine” is very reminiscent of jadeite.

The hardness on the Mohs scale is in the range from 2 to 4, and the density does not exceed 2.6 g/cm3.

Serpentine deposits

Pieces of natural serpentine.  Photo:
Pieces of natural serpentine. Photo:

The serpentine belongs to ornamental stones and is not uncommon. On an industrial scale, it is mined in India, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Great Britain and Italy.

In Russia, serpentine is mined in the Urals, Altai, Orenburg and Yakutsk regions.

Healing and magical properties of the serpentine

The serpentine has long been endowed with special properties. No wonder only shamans and sorcerers used to wear it. It is believed that with the help of serpentine, it was possible to cause damage or the evil eye, bewitch a lover, and even take her husband away from the family.

Recently, esotericists have begun to talk more and more about the protective properties of the stone. The serpentine should definitely be worn by those who have serious enemies. In addition, the mineral is an absorber of negative energy.

Lithotherapists advise storing healing solutions in serpentine vials, they argue that the stone has universal antiseptic properties. Serpentine bracelets help normalize blood pressure. Jewelry can relieve severe headaches.

It is noticed that the owners of the serpentine recover faster after surgery and injuries.

Who is the serpentine serpentine suitable for?

Serpentine beads
Serpentine beads

If we talk about astrology, then the serpentine is very suitable for Virgo and Capricorn. It promotes the development of intuition and memory.

Serpentine amulets help women become more sensual and seductive. However, it is recommended to wear a stone no more than 1 time in 4 days. After removing it, it is necessary to rinse it in running water to remove the negative charge of energy accumulated during the day.

The serpentine is not suitable for Pisces and Cancer at all because of the different energy.

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