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Seraphinite (Chlinochlor) - Meaning, Effect and Application


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Seraphinite is a stone for the transition from summer to autumn: berries, fruits and seeds are ripening in nature, harvest time is slowly dawning. We can enjoy the warm days and consider ourselves lucky in view of the abundance around us. Gratefully, we accept what nature has to offer us at this time of year and marvel once again at the miracle of life: colors, shapes and scents in all their diversity.

The green gem shows us at this time that we must remain careful and attentive despite all exuberance. Even if it bubbles around us with activity and joie de vivre, a critical introspection is also necessary. With the help of serafinite conflicts can be solved, we are open and ready for compromise and reconciliation. Old patterns are overcome or dissolved, calm and relaxed so we can look at what life brings us new.


Mineralogical profile Serafinite


Chemical formula: Mg,Fe5Al[(OH)8AlSi3O10]

Mineral class: phyllosilicate


Origin:by hydrothermal metamorphism in shale or Marble


Color:white, yellowish-green, olive-green, bluish-green, blackish-green

Gloss: vitreous luster, pearlescent luster, silk luster (fibrous)

Crystal system: monoclinic

Moh hardness: 2 - 2.5


Spaltability: perfect

Occurrences, main supplier countries:USA (Pennsylvania), Russia (Ural), Tyrol (Schwarzenstein), Germany, (Upper Franconia). In commerce, donuts, Tumbled Stones, strands, etc. of Serafinite are mostly cut from Russian Serafinite. Its deposit is called Korshunovskoye and is located in the Irkutskaya Oblast region (Eastern Siberia); the mine is mainly used for open-pit mining of iron ore. It was there that the Russian mineralogist Nikolay Koksharov (1818 to 1893) discovered the clinochlor variety serafinite.

Appearance: Crystals foliated, pseudohexagonal, thick tabular, columnar and planar, often in fibrous formation with silvery-silky luster, often grown in radial rays


Use: Due to the radially grown fibrous formation and the silvery-silky luster, seraphinite is an attractive and popular gemstone


Availability: Rarity


Find Seraphinite chain strands, donuts, drilled stone pieces and more here in our wholesale online store


Name and Synonyms

Since the name clinochlor (the mineralogical designation) evokes associations with the toxic element chlorine, which, however, is not contained in the mineral at all, the trade name seraphinite was introduced. This meanwhile recognized designation applies only to the rare green-silvery clinochlor from Siberia.

Serafinite received its name from the feather-like drawings  and structures, which remind of angel wings. The Hebrew term "seraphim" ("the burning ones) is used in Christian mysticism and denotes an angel high in the hierarchy.

The name clinochlor is derived from the Greek words "clino" and "chloros" and points to the inclined optical axis of the mineral and its typical green color. In the German language area the two variants Klinochlor and Clinochlor are to be found, in English the mineral is called Clinochlore, occasionally it is also called Clinochlorite. The name is composed of the Greek words klinein = incline (refers to the oblique inclination of the optical axis in serafinite) and chloros = green. Massive aggregates, from which e.g. Tumbled Stones can be produced, are mostly found in wholesale under the name Serafinite or Seraphinite. Another synonym is ripidolite.

Processing and Use

Serafinite is a very soft stone with the low Mohs hardness of 2 - 2.5; in addition, the mineral has a fibrous-grown structure. This makes seraphinite very difficult to work with, and it takes the art of an experienced cutter to bring this gemstone into the desired shape, for example, as a donut or ball.

How does the pattern (white-silver in dark green) come about?

Serafinite is a complex silicate, chlorit, composed of ions of aluminum, iron and manganese . The beautiful feather or fern-like drawings are created by the patterned distribution of the metal ions in the rock.

Stone Healing Uses

Stone healing uses serafinite to resolve conflictand strengthen mindfulness as well as contact. It is designed to help dissolve suffering programs and facilitate finding constructive ccompromises. During a difficult conversation or complicated negotiation, serafinite is a helpful companion. Seraphinite helps to break free from old, outdated patterns of thought and action, thus awakeningcuriosity and becoming open (again) to new impressions and experiences. Resilience, courage and performance capacity are strengthened, but without becoming exuberantly active. Inner peace, balance and security are supported - in the peace lies the power of further development! And if it becomes too much, the Seraphinit points out to withdraw also sometimes and come to rest.

The management of situations in which many things happen in parallel and should be done at the same time, is facilitated, because the Seraphinit supports to come in the clear with himself and his environment. Here conflicts are not avoided, but are carried out mindfully and respectfully. The readiness for reconciliation and the conclusion of fair compromises is strengthened.

Found in Russia, from which our raw material comes

Our raw material, which we grind ourselves, comes from Russia (Eastern Siberia). The deposit is called Korshunovskoye Iron Skarn deposit in Irkutskaya Oblast region, a mine in which mainly iron ore is mined by open pit. It was exactly there that the Russian mineralogist Nikolay Koksharov (1818 to 1893) discovered the clinochlor variety serafinite.