Malachite Multi-Strand Necklace with Antique Silver, Malachite Pendant
- The colour of malachite is so vibrant and rich and when combined with silver, it sings. But the star performer is the antique Victorian Celtic pendant (2 inches across or 5 cm). Dated around 1875, this exquisitely crafted piece of circular silver has been etched and segmented so as to create spaces for the inlaid malachite. And to make it more complex, a buckle, inlaid with serpentine, has been made so realistic it seems as though it could be unbuckled. To the Victorians, a buckle signified love and loyalty. Originally, this was a brooch intended to sit proudly on a Scottish tartan draped scarf. It has been altered to allow it to be worn as a pendant, attached by tiny 2 mm sterling silver beads, created by the Karen hill tribes in Thailand, along with the woven silver barrels (13mm x 13.6 mm).
- The four strands of malachite consist of tiny cylinders, 4 mm x 11 mm.
- I have used a silver toggle clasp made by the Karen hill tribes, of twisted silver to create a rope design. Toggle clasps are easy to use and secure. My silver name label is attached at the clasp.
- The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with it's own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
- The necklace is 17 inches long (43 cm) with a 2 inch pendant drop (5cm).