Green To Greenish Yellow, White, Brown, Black
Antigorite, Bowenite, Williamsite, Verd-Antique, Bastite, Chrysotile
refractive index, magnification, spectrum and possibly appearance and surface condition
Misnomers: new jade, Soochow jade, Styrian jadeAntigorite is a hard compact variety of serpantine that occurs in pleated masses. Bastite is a silky or shiny pseudomorph of serpentine with the crystal shape of enstatite. Bowenite is the apple green variety of Antigorite that is translucent light to medium green to yellow green and sometimes spotted. Chrysotile is the fibrous variety of serpentine. Williamsite is the oil green variety of Antigorite. It is semitransparent to translucent intense green often with black inclusions. Verd-antique is dark green serpentinite breccia that is mottled in appearance with white calcite or dolomite veins.