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The ancient ethnic people used this stone as a substitute for jade for making earrings and necklaces. Its name “serpentine” comes from the Latin word “Serpentinus” which means snake because of the surface patterns similar to scales, what makes it look like the skin of a snake.

In Peru there is not only normal serpentinite, but there is also a variaty mixed with pyrite that adds the qualities of this stone. Lizardite is the name of the Norwegian serpentinite. Gemrock Peru is the only lizardite importer in Peru.

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