Vintage and Antique Malachite Jewelry
Malachite is a common crystalline mineral, whose green color is the product of the copper it is usually found near and which is part of its composition. A soft stone compared to rubies and diamonds, malachite is rarely faceted because its crystals are too small. Instead, it is carved into beads and cabochons. Because the bands in malachite give it an irregular degree of hardness, the stone is often held together with resin or impregnated with...