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The dark serpentine pendant in rolled stone is a mineral that belongs to the group of silicates. It is part of the Monoclinic crystalline system. Also known as ophite or ophiolite, serpentine stone has a translucent shape that has a green color. It has a fibrous and silky texture. Its name in Latin means stone snake. During antiquity, serpentine stone was recommended for the manufacture of seals and stamps. The Romans used it to make vases or glasses. In New Zealand, Maori use snake stone to decorate their necklaces and bracelets. India is renowned for its pure serpentines. Its inhabitants made various goldsmith’s items such as jewellery but also daggers, sword handles or kitchen instruments.
Very resistant to heat, the rolled stone serpentine pendant was also used as insulation. Nowadays, serpentine stone is mainly used in jewellery, in the creation of jewellery. It is also used in lithotherapy for its many therapeutic properties. The most important deposits of serpentine stone are found in Russia, Great Britain, Italy, Zimbabwe, the United States and Norway. Deposits are also present in France in the regions of Isère, Aveyron, Limousin or Haute-Vienne.