Siberian Seraphinite Gemstone


A deep green gemstone, Siberian Seraphinite possesses silver, feather-like inclusions, providing this jewel a divine glitter.

 
 
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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.


GemLORE

 

• 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.


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Location: Siberia

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.

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GemFACTS

 
  • 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.

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