Seraphinite is a variety of the mineral clinochlore (a member of the chlorite group) that usually has an attractive forest green color. Occasionally, it contains radial formations of mica that when cut and polished show a chatoyant silver feathery pattern on the dark green background—hence the allusion to seraphs.
Seraphinite is not considered a gemstone, but it is sometimes slabbed and polished for ornamental work.
Seraphinite has a Mohs hardness of 2 to 4, so it is very soft, scratches easily, and is not suitable for bracelets or other jewelry that is subject to frequent impact.
North-eastern Siberia in Russia is the one reported source location.
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