The two images on the left are often mistaken for Jade. The left one is Serpentine, and to the right of that we have Bowenite. Of course both of the minerals come in a variety of colors and shades, just like Jade. A few shades of each are shown in the photos below, with Bowenite on the left, Serpentine on the right. Both of them can come in almost black to green to white, with yellows and blues and many other hues.
If you are having a hard time telling the difference, that's understandable.The 'jewelry' grade of the stones, when polished can oft times only be differentiated under a microscope by the experienced eye and/or by determing the specific gravity of the stone. Sometimes it is easier with rough samples, if you really know your rocks - but then again, not always. Serpentine and Bowenite are often sold as Jade, but as we have written before, true Jade is only the varieties Nephrite and Jadite. But don't discount these minerals just yet. If you are buying precious stones or carvings, then make sure you are dealing with someone reputable or you know how to test for Specific Gravity, but if you are buying for metaphysical reasons - Serpentine or Bowenite might just be what you are looking for.
Serpentine is a great healing stone as it can be used to cleanse the aura on all levels. It it emotionally soothing - working with the emotional body to "lighten" those dense areas where judgement (both for self and others) is carried as well as helping to release other burdens one carries in the emotional body.
Serpentine can help one to attract and/or manifest. It is a great stone for meditation as it can help facilitate with raising their personal energies, opening new pathways and allowing greater Spiritual exploration. It can assist in opening energy "blockages", which is benficial both in meditation practices and in healing.
Bowenite is a very powerful stone of protection as it forms almost a shield against negative or destructive energies coming to the wearer or carrier. It is known for being a dream stone, enhancing the ability to recall dreams, and helping release suppressed emotions through dream activity. Bowenite can assist one to be successful in all pursuits; it can help make a clean break from past experiences and traumas.
Bowenite is considered to be a stone of Friendship, Love and Thankfulness.
No advice given in this blog is meant to replace competent medical advice given from a medical professional. If you are ill, seek professional medical advice. Crystal/mineral therapies are meant as a supplement to, not a replacement for, licensed medical practices.