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Seraphinite was named after Seraphim, the highest rank of angels in the Bible, due to the feather-like appearance of its chatoyant fibers. The stone usually has a dark green to gray color with silvery shimmer caused by mica inclusions. This unique, somewhat mystic-looking gem is often used for carvings, decorative pieces and cut as cabochons.

Seraphinite Polished
Seraphinite Classification
Common Name Seraphinite
Species Seraphinite
Seraphinite Optical Properties
Transparency Transparent - Translucent
Dispersion Strength: None
Refractive Index 1.571-1.597
Birefringence 0.005-0.011
Optic Character Biaxial
Optic Sign Positive or Negative
Polariscope Reaction Aggregate (AGG), Doubly Refractive (DR)
Fluorescence SWUV: Inert
LWUV: Inert
Pleochroism Unobservable
Seraphinite Characteristic Physical Properties
Hardness 2-2.5
Specific Gravity 2.600-3.020
Toughness Poor
Inclusions Mica inclusions give seraphinite a silvery and feathery shimmer.
Luster Pearly, Dull, Greasy
Fracture Uneven
Cleavage Perfect, in one direction
Seraphinite Chemistry & Crystallography
Chemical Name magnesium iron aluminum silicate hydroxide
Chemical Formula (Mg,Fe2+)5Al(Si3Al)O10(OH)8
Crystal System Monoclinic
Chemistry Classification Silicate

Seraphinite Colors

  • White Seraphinite White
  • Multi-color Seraphinite Multi-color
  • Green Seraphinite Green

Alternate Names


Countries of Origin

Russian Federation (the); Australia

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This page was created on June 27, 2014.

This page was last edited on October 24, 2019.