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What is the difference between natural and artificial malachite?

There are a lot of imitations of malachite on store shelves now. And the stores are very different: selling materials for handicrafts, inexpensive jewelry, as well as real cool jewelry stores. Yes, yes, an “expensive” store will not at all insure you against buying a fake stone – I have seen with my own eyes in the jewelry sold there, ingenuous and outbred polymer “stripes”. And this is where you definitely need to keep your eyes open, because you will not be buying a ring for one summer for two hundred rubles, but a serious thing, positioned as a jewel and worth the corresponding money. There is not a single natural malachite in all the jewelry in this collage. What helps us is that all these imitations, so familiar everywhere, look and are made absolutely the same. Year after year, efficient Asian businessmen knead, cut and polish tens of tons of synthetic composition, painted in three different colors: light green, darker and dark green, with such a dirty tint. This is what gives their creations away: look closely at the stripes of stone, and if only three characteristic colors alternate among them, you don’t have to look any further, you have a 100% fake in your hands. Let’s hope you haven’t bought it yet, and if you have, it’s inexpensive. Take a closer look at the pattern of natural stone: most often, the finest lines of similar, but not at all identical shades of cold green create a complex pattern that cannot be mixed with polymer “dough” (and its manufacturers don’t even try, their products look as simple as a broom ). And even if a particular real malachite is cut so that the stripes on it go straight, the impression from it is still completely different due to the richness of the shades. You can usually find a dozen or two of them. Three colors of malachite imitation (shown by arrows in the photo on the left). against the countless shades of natural stone. Feel the difference. Two bracelets of exactly the same design, but. On the left is imitation malachite, on the right is natural stone. The same is true for the example of beads. On the left are simple-shaped pebbles with stripes of many shades. This is natural malachite, it looks noble. The beads on the right appear to be molded from plasticine. This is an imitation.
The feeling in the hand is also different. Imitations of malachite, made from a polymer mass, warm up faster in the palm of your hand and are somewhat lighter. Natural malachite, as soon as you take it, is cooler and heavier. It is worth mentioning the price. A logical formula applies here: fake malachite can be cheap or expensive, natural malachite can only be expensive. We draw conclusions: you absolutely cannot buy jewelry made of real malachite for a hundred rubles, but if the stone is expensive, it’s worth checking. Very often, sellers muddy the waters by calling the polymer imitation “pressed malachite” or simply “pressed.” This is also pure deception: there is no malachite in plastic from Asia – neither pressed nor ordinary, and these verbal tricks do not make their product real. It’s only worth saying that I’ve only seen really pressed malachite twice over the past year, constantly visiting fairs and stone sales centers. Two! Pressed malachite is a lower-grade raw material, since it is not a single piece of stone, but contains its fragments, fragments (large or small), held together with epoxy resin. These fragments are completely natural, but a stone “molded” according to the residual principle naturally costs less than a solid one. Thus, in the pressed stone, individual fragments with sharp edges are clearly visible, the pattern is fragmented and separated by transparent partitions (usually the relief of the polished surface in these places “bends” a little – epoxy is softer than stone). In addition, if you twirl the pebble in your hand, you will see that exactly those zones in which the fragments are visible are transparent and the fragments of the stone seem to float in them. If they try to sell you such malachite at a regular price, this is also a reason to be wary. I would especially like to note that some examples of malachite pressings are also very beautiful and worthy of attention, but it all depends on how “soulfully” the manufacturer approached the matter. For example, the other day I came across a wonderful pendant assembled from several pieces of natural stone, here is its photo: Let’s summarize what has been said. Malachite is an expensive and beautiful stone. If you see a striped “tricolor” with a clear hint of polymer origin, do not be fooled by the seller’s persuasion: what difference does it make to you whether he misleads you out of ignorance or intentionally? Jewelry with natural malachite does not come cheap. We act with our dear ones according to the principle “trust, but verify.” If we see the word “pressing”, in 99% of cases we read instead: “imitation”, and we also do not allow the seller to convince us otherwise if fragmentary fragments and transparent thin layers are not visible in the stone. This simple scheme will protect you from purchasing a fake. Natural malachite is worthy of decorating any collection, and designer jewelry with it is simply a fairy tale. 🙂 All malachite inserts in the jewelry in the photo are natural. You can buy these things with confidence. And this is my work with beautiful malachites from Africa. No fakes, just real stones. 🙂
Tasha. Photo by Tasha and from the Internet. Sudogda, March 15, 2016 Malachite is one of the most popular stones; it has long captivated the minds and enchanted the eyes of lovers of beautiful minerals and natural beauties. It is no wonder that counterfeiting of this stone is widespread. Meanwhile, this is a thankless task, because it is very easy to distinguish real malachite from artificial one, even by appearance. Anyone who has once held real natural malachite in their hands is unlikely to confuse it with an imitation, which, against the background of a real stone, looks like a sham. Look at the photo of imitation malachite: And below is real malachite: Artificial malachite has a contrasting and rough pattern. But the present one is complex. You can look at his patterns endlessly, admiring the myriads of the thinnest parallel stripes – sometimes contrasting, sometimes with a smooth transition of color, sometimes twisting into bizarre lines. Imitation malachite is often called “pressed malachite,” but this is not correct, since there is no malachite in any form, it is real plastic, and therefore very light compared to stone. A string of 8-10 mm malachite beads will noticeably stretch both the palm and the neck. The price of natural malachite is always high. Now there is a lot of Zairian malachite on the market, it is cheaper than Ural malachite, but much, much more expensive than plastic fakes. Ural malachite has not been mined en masse for a long time and you will never see round beads (which only tireless China makes in suitable quality) from it. However, enterprising needlewomen have a great way to save on the cost of material by obtaining a highly artistic product – stone chips. They use it to embroider and make all sorts of three-dimensional designs from it. Comfortable material, and the price is always good. However, for an inexperienced lover of malachite, the crumb may cause doubts, because it is difficult to see that very charming pattern on small fragments. A spot check of the beads using a chemical method will definitely put your mind at ease! The fact is that malachite is a copper compound; it reacts vividly and unambiguously to ammonia! Once you place a piece of malachite in ammonia, the solution almost immediately turns blue. It is worth warning that this method of testing, although effective, is quite barbaric – the stones will be damaged, the surface will turn white, become rough and faded. When checking, refrain from using glycerin ammonia solution, the reaction is long and weak. But good old ammonia works well. But make sure it doesn’t expire. Here are the photo results of our checks. Here on the left are natural malachite chips, and on the right are imitation drops. But you already understood this: In an ammonia solution, the beads turn bright blue. In addition to crumbs, we checked malachite balls and flat beads: The same cannot be said about a plastic bead. Its solution is not colored, the surface of the bead remains unchanged: The shine and brightness have disappeared from the experimental malachite samples, the surface of the natural malachite beads has become a little rough: This is an interesting and spectacular experience. You can repeat it at home, but remember that ammonia vapors are very caustic, take care of your mucous membranes and stock up on respirators. The room in which the test is carried out must be well ventilated. Here is such an interesting pebble – malachite. If you haven’t made friends with him yet, afraid of running into imitation, then now is the time to love him. He will definitely reciprocate your feelings! =)

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