What is Seraphinite?


Seraphinite is a trade name for a particular form of clinochlore, a member of the chlorite group. It’s primarily found in the Lake Baikal region of Siberia, Russia. Seraphinite is often used as a gemstone and is popular for its unique green color and feather-like patterns.

Seraphinite is a unique gemstone that comes in shades of green with feather-like patterns. Its unique appearance and color make it a popular choice for jewelry and decorative items, especially pendants and beads.

Gemstone Properties

Chemical ClassificationInorganic - Silicate (Phyllosilicate)
ColorDeep green with silvery-white feather-like patterns.
LusterSilky to vitreous.
OccurrencePrimarily found in the Lake Baikal region of Siberia, Russia.
FormationFormed from hydrothermal alterations of igneous rocks.
DiaphaneityTranslucent to opaque
Mohs Hardness2 - 2.5.
Specific GravityApproximately 2.6 - 2.9.
Diagnostic PropertiesGreen with silvery chatoyant patterns.
Chemical Composition(Mg,Fe)3Si2O5(OH)4
PleochroismNot observable due to its opacity.
Crystal SystemMonoclinic (variety of Clinochlore)
Optical PropertiesBiaxial (+)
Refractive IndexVaries due to mixture of minerals
BirefringenceVaries due to mixture of minerals
2V angleMeasured: 58°
DispersionNot typically noted due to its opacity.