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Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

My lovely Granny  was admiring the gorgeous green of malachite; so I took note, and made her a ring for Christmas.

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

What a beautiful green, and what a beautiful Granny!

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

I love her with all my heart.

Azurite Malachite & Chrysocolla Cabochon 19mm

Azurite Malachite & Chrysocolla Cabochon

The lovely azurite malachite & chrysocolla gemstone cabochon shown here is 19mm long.  It is available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you.

These three stones are closely related. Dark blue azurite and light to dark green malachite are basically copper carbonate, having the same chemical composition except for one oxygen molecule. Azurite, when in the earth, can slowly change to malachite, so it is rare to find azurite without malachite being present. Chrysocolla, a light green/sky blue stone, is a copper silicate and often occurring in the same stone with them. Turquoise, a copper aluminum phosphate, is a cousin to these three and can frequently be found in the same copper deposit locations.

Malachite Art Nouveau Inspired Earrings

Malachite Art Nouveau Inspired Earrings

For her birthday in December, I made my mum these art nouveau inspired earrings set with malachite, one of her favourite stones.

Malachite Art Nouveau Inspired Earrings

I love my mum! xxx

Malachite Art Nouveau Inspired Earrings

Chrysocolla and Malachite Oval Cabochon

Chrysocolla and Malachite Oval Cabochon

The gorgeous chrysocolla gemstone cabochon shown here is 35mm long, and is available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you.

Malachite and chrysocolla both have a high copper content, which is what gives it that fabulous blue/green colouring. The name comes from the Greek chrysos, (gold), and kolla, (glue).

Chrysocolla and malachite commonly form together, and produce some fantastic gemstones!

It is believed to have a calming influence, and also to attract love. It is supposed to help heal burns, fever, and detoxify the liver.

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

My lovely mum came to visit me last year, and as we were looking through all the gemstones I have. I asked her to choose one she liked, and this was it!

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

I made it into a ring for her, and took it down when I went for a visit.

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

I  love my mum!

Malachite and Sterling Silver Stud Earrings

Malachite Earrings

My gorgeous client Charmaine has a huge malachite ring I made for her, and she wanted some earrings to match. These malachite gemstones are in my gemstone collection, so I created this pair of earrings to give her.
Malachite and Sterling Silver Stud Earrings

This was the first time I attempted this particular style of bezel setting, and I’m pretty pleased with the way they turned out!

Malachite and Sterling Silver Stud Earrings

Malachite Cabochons (10mm Oval)

Malachite Cabochons (10mm Oval)

The malachite gemstone cabochons shown here are 10mm by 8mm, and are available to be handcrafted into custom pieces for you.

Malachite 6mm Round Cabochons

Malachite Cabochons (6mm Round)

The malachite gemstone cabochons shown here are 6mm in diameter, and are available to be handcrafted into custom pieces for you.

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

Even though I am not the most massive tweeter on Twitter, I am on there! One of my twitter friends, Anne, admired this malachite ring that I had made for another of my lovely customers.

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

I happened to have a similarly lovely malachite cabochon in my gemstone collection, and I was happy to use it create this lovely ring for Anne.

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

I love the contrast and patterns in this stone, and I think it makes a stunning ring against the silver setting. Thanks for commissioning this ring, Anne!

Malachite and Sterling Silver Statement Ring

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

Malachite and Sterling Silver Statement Ring

 

One of my dear customers, Charmaine, asked me to create her this malachite ring for a special function she is attending.

 

Malachite and Sterling Silver Statement Ring

 

She is such a sweetie to work with, and it was my pleasure!

 

Malachite and Sterling Silver Statement Ring

 

I love this lighter malachite, it’s just gorgeous. Thanks, Charmaine!

Malachite Cabochon

Spotted Malachite Oval Cabochon

The beautiful malachite gemstone cabochon shown here is 33mm long.

Malachite has a high copper content, which is what gives it that fabulous green colouring. It was given its name because of its resemblance to the leaves of the Mallow plant. Read more about Malachite here.

I used this cabochon to create this custom piece:

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

Malachite and Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet

Malachite and Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet

My dear friend Carmen asked me to create a malachite bracelet for her husband, Vaji.

Malachite and Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet

Malachite is believed to assist with success in business.

Malachite and Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet

Good luck, Vaji, and thank you, Carmen.

Malachite and Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet

If you’re in the market for a new mortgage, let me know – Vaji is your man!

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

Maria, for whom I previously made this ring and this ring, asked me to make her a ring using a malachite cabochon I had in my gemstone stash.

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

I love this particular piece of malachite – it’s lighter than usual, and very striking!

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

I hope Maria enjoys wearing it as much as I enjoyed making it.

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

Thanks, Maria!

Gemstone of the Month – Malachite

Malachite – gorgeous! I love the endless variations on that swirly green theme. Malachite has a high copper content, which is what gives it the fabulous green colouring. It often results from the weathering of copper ores.

It was given its name from the Greek , meaning ‘mallow-green stone’ because of its resemblance to the leaves of the Mallow plant.

Malachite was used as a mineral pigment in green paints from ancient times until about 1800, when a synthetic form of the colour widely replaced it.  Large quantities are mined in the Urals in Russia, and Malachite is found worldwide, including here in Australia at Broken Hill, New South Wales. It is often found in the company of Azurite.

Malachite was popular with ancient civilizations in Egypt, Rome and Greece where it was used in jewelry as well as cosmetics.

Malachite is believed to be a protector of children. It is said to protect travellers, and to protect the wearer from accidents. Malachite has been used to aid success in business and protect against undesirable business associations. It is believed to be a stone of balance in relationships.

You can have a little piece of this fabulous stone to wear for your very own, set in a ring or pendant.

I have some pieces of malachite in my gemstone collection and I’m always happy to try to source something particular for you if you have a special dream in mind!

Malachite Cabochon

Light Malachite Oval Cabochon

The unusual malachite gemstone cabochon shown here is 24mm long.

Malachite has a high copper content, which is what gives it that fabulous green colouring. It was given its name because of its resemblance to the leaves of the Mallow plant. Read more about Malachite here.

I used this cabochon to create this custom piece:

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

Malachite Round Cabochon

Malachite Round Cabochon

This gemstone is reserved for a lovely customer.

The lovely malachite gemstone cabochon shown here is 22mm diameter.

Malachite has a high copper content, which is what gives it that fabulous green colouring. It was given its name because of its resemblance to the leaves of the Mallow plant. Read more about Malachite here.

Malachite Cabochon

Malachite Oval Cabochon

The lovely malachite gemstone cabochon shown here is 29mm long, and is available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you.

Malachite has a high copper content, which is what gives it that fabulous green colouring. It was given its name because of its resemblance to the leaves of the Mallow plant. Read more about Malachite here.

Cuttlefish Casting

As part of the goldmithing course I did in 2012 I attended a weekend casting workshop. We did some lost wax casting (more on that later), and also some cuttlefish casting. Yes, really using cuttlefish! Or more correctly, their little (or not so little) cuttlebones.  I hasten to add no actual cuttlefish were harmed in the making of this jewellery – their life expectancy is around one to two years, they die soon after mating, and you can quite often find their cuttlebones washed up on the beach.

Giant Australian Cuttlefish

The procedure for cuttlefish casting is to cut the ends off the cuttlebone and cut it in half.  Grind down the two surfaces until they are flush.  Carve a funnel in one end of the two halves, and carve your design just below that.  Bind the sides together to form a mould, smelt your silver and pour it in!

Malachite and Sterling Silver Cuttlefish Cast Pendant

I cuttlefish-cast the bottoms of these two pieces, then set bezels with bails attached into the cast pieces to create pendants. One is set with malachite, the other with paua shell.

Paua Shell and Sterling Silver Cuttlefish Cast Pendant

I had to hand these pieces in as part of my final presentation, and then they were sold from my online shop.

Pharaoh Cuttlefish

Cuttlefish are members of the cephalopod family, like ocotpus, squid and nautilus.  They emit a brown ink to help them evade predators.  This ink, known as sepia, was once prized as a dye. Cuttlefish have green blood, due to haemocyanin, which carries oxygen and contains copper, unlike humans who have iron-containing haemoglobin filled red blood.  Cuttlefish have beaks.  Cuttlefish have chromatophoric cells, which enable them to change the colour of their skin instantaneously.  Aren’t they wonderful!  And coincidentally in keeping with my (unplanned) marine themed year!!! Thanks, little guys!!