Malachite is believed to be a strong protector of children. It is said to protect the wearer from accidents and protects travelers. Malachite has been used to aid success in business and protect against undesirable business associations. It is a stone of balance in relationships.
Malachite is always green, usually in banded tones varying from very dark green to a mellow green. Most malachite comes from Zaire, Chile and Australia.
This simple, yet elegant brooch and earrings are an example of Mexican craftsmanship. Each piece crafted from a slightly concave sterling sphere is decorated with a beautiful, round, bezel mounted Malachite cabochon. The individual cabochons have wonderful bands of variegated shades of green. The brooch measures 1 1/2" across and has a safety clasp mechanism. The clip earrings measure 1 1/4" across. The pieces are each stamped "925, Mexico, TL-67". Near mint condition with original patina.
Circa 1979 a new letter/number mark to indicate the silversmith and sterling standard was introduced in Mexico. The first letter indicates the location "T" which is for Taxco. The second letter is the first initial of the last name of the silversmith (L). The number indicates that he is the XX silversmith with a last name beginning with that letter to register at the city assay office (67th).