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Verd Antique

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.

Colors

Dark, Dull Green, White Mottled, Veined

  • Verd-antique classification

    CommonName
    Verd Antique
    Species
    Verd Antique
    Variety
    Colors
    Dark, Dull Green, White Mottled, Veined
    AlternateNames
    Ophicalcite
    GemstoneGroups
    KeySeparations
    RI, magnification, spectrum, appearance and surface condition.
    ClassificationComments
    Verd antique is traditionally used as a decorative object because it will take a high polish.
  • Verd-antique chemistry & crystallography

    ChemicalName
    serpentine, calcite, dolomite or magnesite
    ChemicalFormula
    Synthesis
    CrystalSystem
    NA
    ChemistryClassification
    Silicate
    Nature
    Natural
    Crystallinity
    Aggregate
    ChemistryComments
  • Verd-antique optical properties

    Transparency
    Opaque
    Dispersion
    OpticalComments
    RefractiveIndex
    1.56-1.57
    Birefringence
    OpticCharacter
    OpticSign
    PolariscopeReaction
    Aggregate (AGG)
    Fluorescence
    SWUV:
    LWUV:
    CCFReaction
    Pleochroism
    None
  • Verd-antique characteristic physical properties

    Hardness
    CharacteristicComments
    Streak
    SpecificGravity
    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