Seraphinite

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Russia
4.81 carats
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Seraphinite was named after Seraphim, the highest order of angels, due to feather-like appearance of the chatoyant fibers in the stone.

Seraphinite is a dense fine-grained variety of Clinochlore. It has dark green to grey colour with silvery and feathery shimmer caused by mica inclusions.

Seraphinite is used for carving and as a decorative stone.

Seraphinite Gemstones by Colour

This table shows the variety of hues this gemstone can be found in. Click on a photo for more information.
 

Seraphinite Gemstones by Size

This table shows distribution of Seraphinite gemstone sizes that are listed on this site. This can give a good indication as to the general availability of this gemstone in different sizes.
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Lightest:1.92 cts
Heaviest:59.99 cts
Average:17.90 cts
Total photos:17
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1.92ct to 7.73ct7.73ct to 13.53ct13.53ct to 19.34ct19.34ct to 25.15ct25.15ct to 30.96ct30.96ct to 36.76ct36.76ct to 42.57ct42.57ct to 48.38ct48.38ct to 54.18ct54.18ct to 59.99ct
General Information
A variety or type of:Clinochlore
Chemical Formula
(Mg,Fe
2+
 
)
 
5
Al(Si
 
3
Al)O
 
10
(OH)
 
8
Anthony et al, Handbook of mineralogy (2001)
Photos of natural/un-cut material from mindat.org
Physical Properties of Seraphinite
Specific Gravity2.60 to 3.02
Anthony et al, Handbook of mineralogy (2001)
TenacityFlexible
Anthony et al, Handbook of mineralogy (2001)
Cleavage QualityPerfect
Anthony et al, Handbook of mineralogy (2001)
Optical Properties of Seraphinite
Refractive Index1.571 to 1.597
Anthony et al, Handbook of mineralogy (2001)
Optical CharacterBiaxial/+,-
Anthony et al, Handbook of mineralogy (2001)
Colour
Colour (General)Green to grey
Gemdat.org, Management Team (2012)
TransparencyTransparent,Translucent
Anthony et al, Handbook of mineralogy (2001)
LustrePearly,Greasy,Dull (Earthy)
Anthony et al, Handbook of mineralogy (2001)
Crystallography of Seraphinite
Crystal SystemMonoclinic
Anthony et al, Handbook of mineralogy (2001)
HabitMassive
Anthony et al, Handbook of mineralogy (2001)
Further Information
Mineral information:Seraphinite information at mindat.org
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