Seraphinite | The Mineral Clinochlore



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About the Stone Seraphinite

Seraphinite is the gemstone variety of clinochlore which is a relatively rare mineral that's part of the chlorite group.  This stone which can only be found in one location worldwide is used primarily as a lapidary material.  It usually exhibits distinctive feather-like markings which are inclusions of mica. The presence of the mineral mica in seraphinite causes the stone to become slightly chatoyant.

Clinochlore is mined in Korshunovskoe which is an iron mine in Eastern Siberia.  Although known for a number of years samples only began appearing outside of Russia more recently.  Both clinochlore and seraphinite attracted plenty of attention from rock and mineral enthusiasts around the world and larger quantities then slowly started finding their way out of Russia.  Although more readily available now than it once was, larger quantities of fine grade material is still difficult to find.



The Name Seraphinite

The origins of the name seraphinite seem to have come from the Latin word seraphim the plural of which is seraphin.  They're spoken about in Judaism, Christianity and Islam and in the bible the seraph which literally means "the burning one" is described as a heavenly or celestial being and is widely thought of as a burning or flaming angel.  Seraphin are said to be amongst the highest ranking order of angels.  Some have a slightly different interpretation of the word and believe it may actually mean "fiery flying serpent".  The word seraph was used by the English poet John Milton in 1667 in his epic poem Paradise Lost whose genre was Christian theology.      

The silvery-white inclusions of mica that are often seen in fine grade stones generally radiate outwards which give a feather-like appearance which some may see as being similar to the wings of an angel.  For this reason the stone has become closely associated with these celestial beings.  In crystal healing seraphinite is often referred to as being an angelic stone which can enable contact with natural spirits and non physical beings from this planet and beyond.



Seraphinite for Lapidary Purposes

Despite its popularity as a lapidary material seraphinite is a soft and fragile stone which grades just 2 to 2½ on Mohs scale of mineral hardness.  It can therefore be challenging to cut and when used as a gemstone must be handled with great care.



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