Color(s): Green to grey
Mineral Information: Clinochlore
Chemical Make-up: H8 Mg5 Al2 Si3 O18
Hardness: 2 – 2.5
Where they are found: Lake Baikal area in Siberia, Russia
About Stone: Clinochlore was found and described by the famous Russian mineralogist Nikolai I. Koksharov (1818 – 1892) who was once the director of the Imperial Mineralogical Society. This mineral got its name from the Greek words for inclined and green since its structure is monoclinic and its common color is green. Seraphinite is typically dark green to grey in color, chatoyant (has the “cat’s eye” quality due to the presence of rutile), and was said to have been given its name due to feather-like shapes of inclusions typically found within the stone – which in some cases give the stone the resemblance of a feathered wing. A Seraph was a winged angelic being.
Zodiac Association: Sagittarius
Metaphysical Properties: Seraphinite helps contact angels and communicate with them. Good for intuition and psychic awareness. It is very protective of the heart chakra and helpful for sending unconditional love. Seraphinite is a purifying stone that helps one find one’s higher purpose and will.