If you ask about a Russian tree, the birch comes to mind. Similarly, malachite is considered a Russian gemstone. This mineral is the pride of Russian architecture and the hero of the mysterious tales of the Mistress of the Copper Mountain.
People began to use malachite back in the Neolithic era. Of course, first of all, craftsmen were interested in it, and then the jewelers. The earliest find discovered by archaeologists is a pendant that is about 10,500 years old!
Malachite was extremely popular in Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt and Rome. The mineral was used to make amulets, cameos, and beads, and was also part of the decoration of buildings. In addition, malachite was one of the first cosmetics: the mineral was ground into powder and used as eye shadow by women in ancient Egypt.
In Europe, malachite became popular thanks to Russia. Huge deposits were in the Urals, near Yekaterinburg. Tales and legends formed about him, which Pavel Bazhov collected in his collection about the Mistress of the Copper Mountain. Thanks to the skill of Russian craftsmen, the green mineral became known around the world in the 18th century.
- The largest collector in the Russian Empire was Count Rumyantsev. During the People’s War of 1812, Napoleon hunted for his collection!
- The largest ingot of malachite in the world is kept in the St. Petersburg Museum of the Mining Institute, a gift from Empress Catherine II in 1789.
- In Russia, a technique called “Russian mosaic” was invented. Large pieces of malachite were bored into thin plates and combined into a unique and delightful pattern.
Decorations, furnishings, the lining of palaces – all this is still admired around the world! However, at the moment the deposits are practically over, and now malachite is supplied to Europe from the United States, Romania, Kazakhstan, Australia, Chile, Namibia, and Zimbabwe.
How to distinguish malachite from fakes?
- Use a magnifying glass. The fact is that malachite products can be created from pressed powder. If you look through the lens, you can see numerous cracks. Of course, it can not be called a fake, but such products are much cheaper.
- Often replicas are made of plastic. You can tell by the weight – they are much lighter than the original.
- Painted glass. Such replicas can be distinguished by their luster and transparency. The fact that the mineral has a matte surface and opacity, which is not the case with glass.
- Miners with less value. For example, the coil. To be sure of the originality, you need to rub the jewelry with ammonia. The original will give a blue reaction and the snake will remain the same. It is worth adding that such a method will spoil the decoration.
The easiest way to protect yourself from cheap fakes is to buy only from reputable manufacturers and workshops. Before you buy, ask about warranty and return policy.
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