Serpentine beads are from a gem species consisting of two aggregate structures the leafy antigorite and the fibrous chrysolite type. The stone has a waxy luster and the colors are often spotty with varied hues which can be dyed to violet, gold, vermillion and cream. For this reason, the gem is primarily used as an ornamental or jewelry gemstone. The stone is often confused with Jade but it is not a Jade variety. The deposits are found in Afghanistan, China, New Zealand and the United States.