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Serpentine


Mineral Properties and Uses



Physical Properties of Serpentine

Chemical Classification silicate
Color various shades of green
Streak white
Luster greasy or waxy
Diaphaneity translucent to opaque
Cleavage perfect
Mohs Hardness 3 to 5
Specific Gravity 2.5 to 2.6
Diagnostic Properties color, luster
Chemical Composition (Mg,Fe,Ni,Al,Zn,Mn)2-3(Si,Al,Fe)2O5(OH)4
Crystal System monoclinic
Uses thermal conductivity, industrial mineral, ornamental stone


Serpentine
Serpentine from Warren County, New York. Specimen is approximately 2 inches (5 centimeters) across.


Serpentine chrysotile
Chrysotile, a variety of serpentine from Lowell, Vermont. Specimen is approximately 2-1/2 inches (6.4 centimeters) across.


Serpentine cab
Serpentine cabochon from China. This is approximately 39 millimeters by 23 millimeters.


Serpentine cabochon
Serpentine cabochon from China. This is approximately 31 millimeters by 27 millimeters.



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Serpentine from NY
Serpentine from Warren County, New York. Specimen is approximately 2 inches (5 centimeters) across.




Serpentine Verde Antique
Verde Antique, a variety of serpentine from Rochester, Vermont. Specimen is approximately 4 inches (10 centimeters) across.


Serpentine from England
Serpentine from Cornwall, England. Specimen is approximately 2-1/2 inches (6.4 centimeters) across.


Serpentine from PA
Serpentine from Easton, Pennsylvania. Specimen is approximately 4 inches (10 centimeters) across.


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