Striking malachite pendant crafted in a fine sterling silver setting. This piece has been slightly reduced because there are some very minor polishing issues on the surface of the stone. Malachite is not an easy mineral to work with especially for cutters in Jaipur in India where most of the world's gemstones are cut and polished. Not only is it very soft but malachite is also an ore of copper so its dust must not be inhaled. These characteristics make achieving a perfect finish particularly challenging.
As can be seen from our photographs, the very minor scuffing on the surface of this cabochon is hardly noticeable and can only be seen with careful examination under a bright light.
Malachite jewellery should always be stored away carefully and where possible should be covered with a soft piece of material. This will help to protect the stone whilst also minimising any build-up of tarnish on the sterling silver. Despite the challenges that come with working with malachite it has been prized and widely used as a gemstone for thousands of years.