Silver Leaf Serpentine

Serpentine was named in 1564 by Georgius Agricola (Georg Bauer) from the Latin "serpens" = snake in allusion to the mottled green appearance of the mineral suggesting the resemblance to some snakes. The lightest shade of green is often called "New Jade".

Chrysotile, the silvery fibers within the Serpentine. It is the only known type of asbestos that belongs to the serpentine family. Also known as white asbestos, this variety is made up of curly fibers and has a layered structure.

Please note: Some organizations insist that chrysotile isn't dangerous to human health. Some agencies maintain that it is hazardous, but on a less serious level than amphibole asbestos. Still others hold fast to the belief that all forms of asbestos are equally dangerous and should be banned across the board. 

For safety with this gorgeous stone, it would be best not carving into or breaking it apart. Wash your hands after handling.