Monday, May 26, 2014

Malachite and Gold Bracelet

High quality AAA Malachite coin 3-4mm beads, measures 8'' long with gold plated tiny beads and gold filled hook clasp. The beads are shiny and very well polished, without a flaw. Delicate, feminine, simple, yet hardly to get unnoticed on your wrist. Malachite is truly a Royal gemstone. Unique deep-green shade with distinguished pattern makes it recognizable at once among other gemstones.

Price for the bracelet $63 + shipping and handling. The bracelet will arrive to you in pretty organza bag.

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The first culture to make extensive use of malachite was that of Egypt, a country whose history with malachite goes back at least as far as 4,000 BC when it was heavily mined in the Sinai - near what is now the Suez Canal - and in the famous King Solomon's copper mines on the Red Sea.

The Egyptians used malachite primarily for amulets, jewelry and cosmetics: powdered malachite was made into kohl, an Egyptian eye shadow.

Following in the Egyptians' footsteps, Greeks also made jewelry and talismans from malachite to ward off evil spells and thoughts. The Greeks also used malachite architecturally: the famous Temple of Diana (Artemis) in Ephesus -one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (four times as large as Athen's Parthenon) - was decorated with malachite.

But it was Russia's Romanov dynasty who made malachite synonymous with grandiose opulence. Discovered in the foothills of the Urals near Ekaterinburg in 1635, by 1820, high quality malachite -still considered relatively scarce - had become very fashionable for jewelry, frequently mounted in gold and adorned with diamonds. However, just a short time later the output of malachite had increased so much that it began to be thought of as an industrial and even a facing stone rather than just for jewelry.

The19th century proved to be the golden age of Russian malachite. The sumptuous stone became a sign of prestige and a token of wealth - so much so that Russian papers of the time wrote: "To afford having a big piece wrought in malachite is synonymous to owning diamonds."

The Ural tale-writer P.P. Bazhov (1879-1950) lyrically said of malachite: "It is like spring grass under the sun when it is swayed by the wind. The waves on the green color are moving."

Malachite was always a women's mineral and was always dedicated to a goddess in whatever culture: in Egypt to Hathor, in classical times to Aphrodite/Venus, in northern Europe to Freya.

Malachite represented seduction, sensuality, beauty, curiosity, aesthetics and the arts of the Muses. It is a stone of strong protection.

Should you have any question considering this item or any other item or would like to inquire about custom order, do not hesitate to contact me: ANNA@BEADLYTHINGS.COM

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