Verd Antique | Gemopedia

Verde antique is a name applied to serpentine rock that exhibits veins of minerals, such as calcite, dolomite, and magnesite. The material is a dark green with a mottled appearance due to various mineral inclusions. Verde antique has been a popular decorative stone for thousands of years.
Alternate
Names
Ophicalcite
Colors
Dark, Dull Green, White Mottled, Veined

Verd Antique Classification

Common Name

Verd Antique

Species

Verd Antique

Variety

Colors

Dark, Dull Green, White Mottled, Veined

Alternate Names

Ophicalcite

Gemstone Groups

Key Separations

RI, magnification, spectrum, appearance and surface condition.

Comments

Verd antique is traditionally used as a decorative object because it will take a high polish.

Verd Antique Optical Properties

Transparency

Opaque

Refractive Index

1.56-1.57

Birefringence

Optic Character

Optic Sign

Polariscope Reaction

Aggregate (AGG)

Fluorescence

SWUV:
LWUV:

CCF Reaction

Pleochroism

None

Dispersion

Comments

Verd Antique Chemistry & Crystallography

Chemical Name

serpentine, calcite, dolomite or magnesite

Chemical Formula

Synthesis

Crystal System

NA

Classification

Silicate

Nature

Natural

Crystallinity

Aggregate

Comments

Verd Antique Characteristic Physical Properties

Hardness

Streak

Specific Gravity

Toughness

Inclusions

Verd-antique is dark green serpentinite breccia that is mottled in appearance with white calcite or dolomite veins.

Luster

Waxy

Stability

Fracture

Cleavage

Perfect

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