The colour of malachite is so vibrant and rich and when combined with silver, it sings. But the star performerof this necklace 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).
Karen hill tribe Fair Trade silver is nearly 98% pure silver. I mostly choose to use their silver because each piece is like a miniature bit of sculpture, individually crafted and created. I know that artisans in Northern Thailand produce this unique silversmithing in small villages, involving whole families in the process. Their work is fairly paid, and as a result, their beads are much more expensive. But a family is supported and wonderful beads and jewellery are produced in high quality silver.
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).
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