By Danielle Olivia Tefft, jewelry writer
Malachite is a gorgeous emerald green stone with attractive bands like those found in agate. It also has cascading pools of a deeper green, almost black hue. They can look like tiny eyes staring up at you. A polished piece of malachite can be quite hypnotic.
This memorizing green stone has been a favorite of royalty since the days of antiquity. Egyptians, Greeks and Romans adorned themselves with malachite jewelry. They crushed malachite into powder to wear as captivating emerald green eye shadow. Centuries later, Russian Tsars used it to decorate their lavish residences.
Malachite was believed to ward off the evil eye and protect children and travelers in the middle ages. If you place malachite in your bedroom, it supposedly guards against nightmares. It is also believed to absorb negative energy which can be cleansed from the stone afterwards by allowing it to sit outside in the open air overnight.
Budget-wise fashionistas will look towards malachite jewelry, especially malachite beads (the chunkier, the better) to accent their spring wardrobes this year. Why? Because malachite beads will look fabulous with every color on Pantone's Spring 2014 palette. You can view the palette here. Malachite jewelry will pop against all the pastel shades in the palette: placid blue, violet, hemlock green, sand and paloma grey. Malachite jewelry will pop against all the sizzling colors in the palette: freesia yellow, cayenne red and celosia orange. And malachite will look just as fetching when paired with the two neon shades in the palette: radiant orchid purple and dazzling blue.
You can purchase a nice set of vintage malachite beads from $60-$200 depending on the size of the beads. Be sure to inspect the strand for large chips or deep cracks that might cause beads to split. If your malachite jewelry needs cleaning, swirl it around in warm water and mild dish soap and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. Then pat dry with a paper towel or other soft cloth.
I have one malachite tip based on my personal experience: Pass on your malachite beads on days when you are extremely fatigued or suffering from pain in the neck and shoulder area. Malachite beads are heavy. They will feel even more so if you are not at the top of your game.
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Danielle Olivia Tefft is a professional writer with a lifelong passion for gems, jewelry and fashion. She is a GIA accredited jewelry professional and the owner of online antique and vintage jewelry shop, Treasure Box Antiques. Current projects include ghostwriting jewelry and fashion blogs for clients worldwide. When she is not writing, she spends time in the garden, spoiling her cats and traveling with her fiancé. Would you like to hire her? Visit her website danielleoliviatefftwrites.com for clips, terms and more information.
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