SERPENTINE ELEPHANT CARVING
Adorable ornamental Serpentine Elephant Carving from Myanmar, where the best Jadeite Jade in the world comes from. The colour is dark green to black. My photos do no justice for this carving and the colour looks much better in life.
15.3cm x 8.6cm x 5.3cm, 962g.
Magnesium Iron Silicate Hydroxide
Serpentine is a major rock forming mineral and is found as a constituent in many metamorphic and weather igneous rocks. It often colors many of these rocks to a green color and most rocks that have a green color probably have serpentine in some amount. Serpentine is actually a general name applied to several members of a polymorphic group. These minerals have the same chemistry but different structures. The following is a list of these minerals, their formulas and symmetry class.
Antigorite; (Mg,Fe)3Si2O5(OH)4; monoclinic.
Clinochrysotile; Mg3Si2O5(OH)4; monoclinic.
Lizardite; Mg3Si2O5(OH)4; trigonal and hexagonal.
Orthochrysotile; Mg3Si2O5(OH)4; orthorhombic.
Parachrysotile; (Mg,Fe)3Si2O5(OH)4; orthorhombic.