Posted 5 years ago
I mean pictures are deceiving when one buys something online! Although the seller didn't say this was malachite, I thought it was from the photos. The setting was fascinating and confused me as to whether it was Native American or WHAT?
The setting is stunning and after inspecting it upside down and sideways it appears to be handmade. Someone put a lot of time, effort and affection in to it...but I could be way, way wrong. I am still confused as to whether it is Native American as it has many characteristics but is very elegant? Dainty?
As for the stone, I have gone through all my Dad's old geology and rock books and was leaning towards dark green Aventurine. This morning, i showed it this to a retired geo down the street is now leading us to think this may be African Jade. The name is misleading because it is not Jade at all but Quartz and garnet related. It meets all the characteristics with banding, color variations. The big geo/gem show next month will hopefully have a lot of heads to ponder over it.
The pendant measures 2-3/8" long including the bale and 1-1/2" wide.
The bale is marked 925 in a box. It would have been interesting to see its condition prior to the seller cleaning out of curiosity. There is not one pearl missing and tone of them are teeny tiny.