I want the joy of knowing what I have & to be absolutely confident I didn’t get confused. #Serpentine makes ID easy.
But that’s just me.
It feels greasy, waxy, or silky, & are elastic-bendy.
All serpentines are soft (2-5, fingernail to glass) & light (2.5-3.2).
If you leave it alone in perfect conditions, it grows as hexagonal pointy crystals.
& if you smash it, it glows.
It’s plentiful at Earth’s land surface! Statistically, that rock near you is probably quartz.
Serpentine soils also grow amazing wine. No serpentine? No California or West Australia wines.
Friendly Beach, Tasmania squeaks very nicely. It’s cute.
Quartz sand fails as smooth flowing landslides that can be pretty.