Malachite Pendant On Sale
Unmistakable malachite cabochon mounted as a ladies pendant in fine sterling silver. A rich green coloured highly polished stone with distinctive markings but there are some minor polishing issues on the surface on the stone that can only really be seen with careful examination in good light.
Polishing the mineral malachite is particularly challenging because not only is it very soft but the dust is also toxic so good breathing protection must be worn whilst stones are being cut and polished. It's usually kept wet whilst being worked on to minimise the amount of dust but even so, there are significant risks to health if dust no matter how fine, is inhaled.
The reason why malachite is toxic is because it's an ore of copper so the inhalation of dust can lead to lung damage. Whilst it's recommended that rough and dusty specimens be handled with care, the toxicity from a polished gemstone is extremely low but wit that said, it should never be put in your mouth and must not be used as an elixir.
Being a soft mineral presents challenges during polishing because the more malachite is polished the more chance there is of it becoming damaged. With the gemstones in our collection all being cut and polished by hand in India, it does make it extremely difficult to find a perfectly polished stone.
Malachite is however a colourful and popular lapidary material that's widely used around the world so if you're not looking for absolute perfection in a gemstone, this malachite pendant certainly won't disappoint. Needless to say, should you not be totally satisfied with your purchase it may be returned for a full refund (T&C's apply).
Weight (grams) : 25.7
Size (cms) : 4.1 x 2.6 x 0.9