Russian Seraphinite Polished Cabochon
Seraphinite gemstone pendant crafted for Stone Mania in a fine sterling silver setting. Although beautiful seraphinite is quite soft so must be handled with care, on Mohs scale of mineral hardness it grades just 2 to 2½. We recommend when storing this pendant away that it be covered with a soft piece of material or it could be kept in the gift pouch that comes with it. Not only will this help to protect the stone from unwanted marks and scratches but will it also minimise any build-up of tarnish on the sterling silver.
Seraphinite which is relatively rare can only be found in Eastern Siberia and for many years was completely unknown to the outside world. As stones began making their way out of Russia they 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 meaning "the burning ones", commonly used in the plural which is seraphs or seraphim. In both Judaism and Christianity these creatures are described as heavenly beings which sit high up on the angelic hierarchy and the most likely reason for seraphinite being named after them is because stones usually exhibit distinctive feather-like markings which could be perceived as being similar to the wings of an angel.
Although now exported around the world large quantities of seraphinite are still difficult to find and cabochons of this grade are highly sought after. The feather-like markings that make it particularly unique are traces of the mineral mica and with the interaction of light these inclusions can sometimes be very slightly chatoyant.
Weight (grams) : 24.9
Size (cms) : 2.8 x 3.7 x 0.6