Snake stone

Snake stone is widely known all over the world as an ornamental stone. The name of this stone comes from the word "snake", because the gem is colored like a snake skin. In the English version, it is called serpentine, which is also associated with a snake - from the English word "serp" - a snake. Occurs in the form of continuous dense masses or intergrowths of various crystals. In mineralogy stand out as serpentine rather different in their properties of minerals, which gives us grounds to consider them rock formation. Depending on the impurities, the coil color may vary from white to brownish red. Glitter of wax, hardness 2,5-3.

Snake stone is widely known all over the world as an ornamental stone

From serpentine serpentine not only tables, vases, candlesticks, caskets, ashtrays and other utilitarian objects are made, but also facing tiles. A variety of shades of green, sometimes interspersed with white, gives great opportunities in decorating the interiors of swimming pools, bathrooms. Earlier, the coil was used in the manufacture of apothecary mortars, cups and other tools. For this he was called an apothecary stone.

More often as an ornamental stone use a noble coil, which differs from the coil. It has not green, but a yellowish green, whitish green color, uniformly colored (ophi) or with black "flies" (moss), slightly shines through thin cleavages. Noble serpentine is very similar to jade, although it is softer, which can not be said, of course, about the coil itself. It is used in jewelry.

The coil is found in other countries. And in each country the noble serpentine has its own names: bovenite in the USA, greed in China and Korea, ricolite in Mexico, tanguivaite in New Zealand, and Swiss in Switzerland. If the personal names are given, then obviously for the fact that the stone fell in love and became popular in these countries.