Vintage Alhambra pendant For Sale

Vintage Alhambra pendant For Sale

Vintage Alhambra pendant, 18K yellow gold, malachite.

STONE: Malachite: 1 stone
Hallmark clasp, small model in 18K yellow gold
Chain length: 42.0 cm


Vintage Alhambra pendant For Sale



An opaque stone of singular beauty, malachite calls to mind the vitality of nature through its deep green hue enriched with light and dark banding. Van Cleef & Arpels selects malachite displaying straight, uniform veins. The stone gleams alongside yellow gold in the Alhambra® and Perlée™ collections, among other creations.

The name malachite is said to derive from the Greek molōchē, a reference to the mallow plant, known for its deep green leaves, or alternatively malakhē, meaning soft. Due to its aesthetic qualities, malachite was particularly sought after in the 19th century, especially in Russia, where it served to adorn churches and palaces. Once seen as a good luck charm, it was offered as a protective talisman to children and travelers.

To preserve its shine, malachite must be stored in a dry fabric-lined box separate from other jewelry. Contact with water should be avoided because it can damage the stone’s protective surface, dulling its shine.


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