Green Russian Serpentine
Russian Serpentine is found in the Ural Mountains of Russia. Its opaque dark-to-light, olive green colorations, and interesting black spotted and veined matrix is the basis of the name, which comes from the Latin serpentinus, meaning serpent rock. In the sunlight, these lovely stones have a metallic-like sheen, with small flashes of natural iridescence. Serpentine is not known to be treated or enhanced in any way, but is generally polished to show off its beautiful natural characteristics. There are many other varieties of Serpentine, with varied characteristics and colorations, found in many places around the world, including Canada (Quebec), Afghanistan, Britain, Cyprus, Greece, China, France, Korea, Austria, India, Myanmar (Burma), New Zealand, Norway, Italy—and in the United States in Maryland and Pennsylvania.