Siberian seraphinite is named after the seraphim, the highest order of winged angels. This heavenly gem has a soothing green clinochlore base woven with silvery feather-like mica inclusions.
Siberian seraphinite is a trade name for clinochlore that possesses shimmery silver inclusions of mica set in a feathery pattern. The lovely feathers of this gemstone sparkle and twinkle under shifting light. Seraphinite, or clinochlore, is a member of the chlorite family of minerals. It derives its name from the Greek "klino" meaning oblique or inclined and "chloros" meaning green. This base material of this gem is commonly a deep forest green to green-black color.
Seraphinite was first discovered by the renowned Russian mineralogist Nikolai Koksharov in the 1800s. Its base mineral clinochlore can also be found in Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Italy, and the United States. We source Siberian seraphinite from the Korshunovskaia mine, situated near Baikal Lake in the Eastern Siberia region of Russia.