The name“Chlorite” from the Greek language for “green” – refers tochlorite’stypical colour. Chlorite has been used for carving in Persia and Pakistan since at least the 3-2nd millenium BC.
Our Chloritecomes from India and is a perfect medium for carving great detail in a stone. The stone itself has a dark green colour, but when fully polished turns to a beautiful black colour. The stones have few mineral deposits and are in most cases fracture-free.
The Indian Chlorite is a softer Chlorite and has a Moh factor between 2-3.
Chloriteis a broad group of layer silicate minerals composed of hydrous aluminum silicates, usually magnesium and iron. They occur as residual by-products of other higher temperature minerals and are most common in sedimentary and igneous rocks and in some metamorphic rocks.
Chlorite has a very dark greenish look to it, but when it is polished to a fine degree has a jet black look to your sculptured piece.