Item # ML016 - Santo Domingo Serpentine Teardrop Slab Earrings by M&L Lovato

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Item # ML016 - Santo Domingo Serpentine Teardrop Slab Earrings by M&L Lovato

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Beautiful Santo Domingo serpentine teardrop cut slab earrings. The artist has cut and polished a thin teardrop shaped slab of serpentine from a raw stone and attached a silver ear hook.

Each earring measures 2" tall including the ear hook. The actual serpentine teardrop is 1" tall by 3/4" wide. They are only 1/8" thick. They weigh approximately 2.4 grams each (4.8 grams for the pair). Hand made by Kewa artists Marvin and Lillie Lovato.  $59.95

The serpentine group are greenish, brownish, or spotted minerals commonly found in serpentinite rocks. They are used as a source ofmagnesium and asbestos, and as a decorative stone. The name is thought to come from the greenish color being that of a serpent. Serpentinite is a rock composed of one or more serpentine group minerals. Minerals in this group are formed by serpentinization, a hydration and metamorphic transformation of ultramafic rock from the Earth's mantle. The mineral alteration is particularly important at the sea floor at tectonic plate boundaries.  (wikipedia)

This stone is used quite often by fetish carvers due to the ease of carving the stone.