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SERPENTINE EXTRACTION AND PROCESSING:
A TEAM OF PROFESSIONALS IN LANZADA
Metamorphic rocks derived from peridotites, serpentines are among the most important components of the upper part of the earth's mantle. They are oceanic in origin, green in color, have an excellent vitreous gloss when polished and a fine grain. Marmi Mauri, a Lanzada company in the province of Sondrio, has many years of experience in the extraction and processing of serpentine.
The history and use of serpentine in architecture
Ideal for the construction of walls, architraves, roofs and floors
Decidedly hard to polish (7 mohs), serpentine saw little decorative usage in ancient monumental architecture. Like today's semi-precious stones, they were polished and used for making jewellery and decorations. Ancient beliefs considered them to be linked to snakes (hence their name) and for this reason, wearing serpentine jewellery was considered a form of protection. Being formed at a depth that is at a higher pressure than other rocks, serpentines are among the best in terms of hardness and resistance against chemical, physical and mechanical forces.
The inhabitants of Valtellina used serpentines for the construction of walls, architraves, roofs, floors, paving roads, the construction of terraces that make the slopes of the valley (UNESCO World Heritage), bridges, churches, river banks, fountains, benches and sculptures. Serpentine has also always been used in the kitchen for cooking due to its non-toxic properties.
serpentine, olivine (magnesium silicate), pyroxene, amphibole and magnetite.
Cretaceous-Paleocene, 140-65 million years ago.