Serpentine pendant crafted for Stone Mania in a fine sterling silver setting. The name serpentine covers a wide group of minerals many of which are quite rare and only a few produce material that's suitable to be used as a gemstone. The colour of most of the minerals in the serpentine group is a shade of green and markings can be particularly distinctive. It's claimed the name came about because the colour and markings were considered to be similar to those seen in a serpent or snake and others have added that its smooth and often slippery texture also played a part.
Serpentine must be handled carefully because it's a relatively soft material whose grade on Mohs scale of mineral hardness can vary from 3 to 6. The finest grade of stone is often translucent hence it is sometimes mistaken for jade.
This opaque cabochon exhibits wonderful colour and markings and like all of the gemstone pendants in our collection, it has been crafted by hand by one of a small team of talented artisans. It has been added to the Bargain Basement simply because the back of the sterling silver has not been finished quite as well as it should have been. We're fairly certain this won't even be noticed by most and with it being on the back it certainly won't be seen whilst this eye-catching serpentine pendant is being worn.
Weight (grams) : 17.5
Size (cms) : 3.3 in diameter