Siberian Seraphinite Gemstone
A deep green gemstone, Siberian Seraphinite possesses silver, feather-like inclusions, providing this jewel a divine glitter.
A variety of clinochlore, Siberian Seraphinite stands out. The gem possesses a dark green to gray body color. The stone is remarkable due to its silver inclusions. They are widely regarded for their feather-like appearance. The inclusions are the result of mica being present within the gemstone. Mica is a silicate material with an often glittery appearance.
An opaque stone, seraphinite is often shaped into cabochons. This helps present the inclusions in the best light, as they often sparkle with a chatoyant effect. Polished stones can vary in appearance. They can feature a pearly, greasy or dull luster. The gem is not widely known and is often considered to be a collector's stone. It is occasionally treated. Treatment is done by impregnating the gemstone with a polymer to increase durability and luster.
• Seraphinite is named for the seraphim, the highest order of angels in Christian tradition.
• Nikolay Koksharov is typically credited with the discovery of this stone. He was a Russian mineralogist who made many contributions to the field.
• Clinochlore, the group to which seraphinite belongs, is derived from two Greek words. "Klino" means 'incline,' a reference to the axis of the crystal. "Chloros" translates to 'green.'
• Sometimes this gem is confused with serpentine, another green stone. Generally speaking, serpentine is brighter in color and has fewer inclusions, without the feathery appearance.
• May also be known as chlorite jade.
Siberian Seraphinite is sourced from Eastern Siberia, Russia. The Korshunovskoye mine is primarily used as a source of iron in addition to producing this wondrous gem.
- Ranks 2.5 to 3 on the Mohs scale.
- Deep green to gray in body color with silver, feather-like, inclusions.
- Sourced from the Korshunovskoye mine of Siberia, Russia.
- Treated to improve durability and luster.