Wednesday morning. Mid-September. A gray-bluish fog rose from the ground this morning, slowly, as though it had a good night sleep and wanted the comfort of its valley bed to last a few moments longer. Ever notice how beautiful rocks appear near river beds when they are doused with water? The fog lends new beauty to our surroundings.
Silvio recently completed a pendant featuring a stunning Cambridge, Vermont serpentine. You may have seen this on our Facebook page. We thought it would make a perfect header image. It does not take much polishing to reveal the moist beauty of serpentine. It owes this quality to its unique journey.
We often think of gems and precious stones as perfectly shaped, round or faceted objets d’art. Some of the most awe-inspiring gems, however, come in irregular shapes that remind us of nature’s creative genius, power and spontaneity.
Vermont Serpentine is known as Vermont Verde Antique in the interior decorating industry. This strong, porous, marble-like rock is an ideal material in the fabrication of counter tops. It adds dramatic flare to the modern kitchen and keeps the rustic Vermont kitchen close to its roots.
Though it appears very similar to marble or granite, serpentine is not related to these. Serpentine is considered to be a semi-precious stone. This simply differentiates it from conventional precious stones, namely, sapphires, diamonds, rubies and emeralds. This does not mean that serpentine is a lesser gem. In fact the term “semi-precious” is truly no longer in use in the gem trade, as it embraces the diversity of gems and the unique character each lends to the jewelry it inspires.
Serpentine owes its strength and character to its age. It formed around 450 million years ago as one of the components of the ancient ocean crusts responsible for the formation of the North American continent.
The “Serpentine belt,” as it is called by geologists, stretches from Newfoundland, through the Canadian east coast and New England, to Georgia. Some of the richest, most beautiful specimens of serpentine are found in the Lowell, Vermont, region.
There is a lot of history in Serpentine, much of it prior to the presence of humans. Perhaps this is why it is so mesmerizing in its most spontaneous shapes. It connects us to origins beyond our origin.
Also read – Vermont Serpentine – Stone to Gem