Ladies seraphinite pendant crafted for Stone Mania in a fine sterling silver setting. This piece has been added to our Bargain Basement because of some minor anomalies with the way the setting has been crafted and although virtually unnoticeable to the untrained eye, we have decided to offer it for sale at a reduced price.
Seraphinite is a relatively rare natural mineral which has only ever been found close to an iron mine in Eastern Siberia and for many years it was unknown to the outside world. As small quantities began making their way out of Russia, it caught the attention of rock and mineral enthusiasts around the world and before long it was in great demand.
The name seraphinite seems to have originated from the word 'seraph' which literally means "the burning ones". Commonly used in the plural which is seraphs or seraphim, these creatures are heavenly beings in Judaism and Christianity. In both religions the seraphim sit high up on the angelic hierarchy and the most likely reason that seraphinite was named after these celestial beings is because the stone can have a distinctive feathery appearance which some say resembles the wings of an angel.
Although seraphinite is now exported around the world, large quantities of this mineral are difficult to find and cabochons of this grade are highly sought after for use in jewellery. As beautiful as it is, seraphinite is very soft and grades just 2 to 2½ on Mohs scale of mineral hardness so it's a challenging material to work with and must be handled with care.
The feather-like markings that give seraphinite its distinctive appearance are inclusions of the mineral mica and in this stone as with many others, due to the way that light interacts with the mica, it has a curious appearance which can best be described as a sheen.
Weight (grams): 24.9
Size (cms): 2.8 x 3.7 x 0.6