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Is this real malachite?

The second pic really emphasizes your desire to know if the bracelet is real. For a second there i felt more pressure to know the answer 不不不 & btw it looks real to me

Justabytch

The second pic really emphasizes your desire to know if the bracelet is real. For a second there i felt more pressure to know the answer 不不不 & btw it looks real to me


rock_gremlin

Lolllll Same I thought this was a meme for a second and the answer was supposed to be obvious or smth


Sun2snow25

Thank you for the cry laugh from your comment!! 不不


GuardOk8631

Bruh that killed me 不


OlivinePhoenix


Independent-Egg-9012

oh god wait ignore the second pic


fastidiousavocado

A face that says, "Did you really swipe to see 6 more pictures of my balls?"


Severe-Flower2344

Yes I did. Imma swipe backwards to see them again, too.


Pattersonspal

So great lol


Ghosttwo

Hey everybody! Look at the second pic!


faded-cosmos

Honey this is golden I'm actually crying laughing rn


GuardOk8631

I thought you did that on purpose


Herbie53101

It actually makes this post even better.


TGin-the-goldy

I cannot


cassiclock

Honestly I love the 2nd picture lol


kailstorm29


chickcag

I refuse!


SetFoxval

It's real.


Keruthol

I can say with certainty that the 2nd pic isnt malachite, but Im unsure on the rest


Ostaratreecrystals

This looks real to me. I make gemstone jewelry and I see a lot of fake and real malachite beads. Fake ones are usually brighter in color and more defined darker banding. Of course I cant be 100% sure from a picture. This is my educated guess lol


Zealousideal_Ad_4118

I think it looks real. Test for dye, there are a few ways but I hear a lot of people using acetone. You could also do a hardness test. Malachite is a lot softer than glass or banded agate, look up mohs hardness test. Pretty cool way to authenticate your pieces!


Independent-Egg-9012

It didn't scratch glass!


Saleheim

Looks real to me.


Lucky_Pyxi

Is it safe to wear malachite against the skin? Especially if youre sweaty or wet? I thought I read somewhere that its unsafe. Just wondering.


phatyogurt

Its got a high copper content, so its not a good idea. Especially when water is involved. You should actually wash your hands after youve dealt with malachite. I remember I saw a picture posted on a different sub awhile ago, and someone had carved a whole bathtub out of malachite. RIP


Lucky_Pyxi

Oh noooo that, I guess, would be your last relaxing bath. Wow.


Amsnabs215

So I should take it out of my water bottle I gather


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Yes


allpraisebirdjesus

at least some of those beads are real malachite, some of them may possibly [look fake](https://imgur.com/a/b3A1NJv) to me. the lustre on the fake ones is a little too glassy, less silky/earthy. and the bands of deposition are a little TOO perfectly spaced and even, imo. they could still be real though! tests you can do: gently touch a bead to the outside of a tooth - you will feel if it is glass or stone. do NOT lick it, or allow your saliva to come in contact with it!!! if you have a [streak plate](https://www.dictionary.com/browse/streak-plate), malachite will leave a light green streak, glass will not


Slenthik

> if you have a streak plate, malachite will leave a light green streak, glass will not Yes, I'm sure OP wants to damage the polish on their beads.


allpraisebirdjesus

A single small streak for verification would not be enough to be noticeable but your opinion has been noted.


Slenthik

I'm also not convinced that a glass bead containing as much green pigment as would be needed to imitate malachite would yield a white streak.


allpraisebirdjesus

... Do you know how streak plates work? Even the darkest obsidian will leave a clear or white streak because it's glass. Like I already figured you were blowing smoke when you made the "ruin the polish on their beads" comment but this pretty much seals it for me.


Slenthik

I don't think obsidian contains much pigment compared with other minerals that yield a streak. If you're going to insult people, you'd better start providing sources for your claims.


allpraisebirdjesus

I don't think you know very much about minerals and it is painfully obvious so please take the L and relax. No one insulted you. Stay blessed.


Slenthik

No sources? Now we know who's 'blowing smoke'.


allpraisebirdjesus

Cool


TheCrystalGarden

Malachite or dyed banded agate. Hard to tell by the photos.


Independent-Egg-9012

It cant scratch glass so i dont think its agate


TheCrystalGarden

Cool! Agate will scratch glass, hoping you have the real thing!


TGin-the-goldy

The green shade is a little off for malachite; this looks like dyed banded agate


Independent-Egg-9012

I think its the lighting, i have a real piece of malachite bought from a reputable seller that's the same exact colour


TGin-the-goldy

Might be the lighting then :) does it feel dense, heavy?


Independent-Egg-9012

Yes


TGin-the-goldy

Thats a good sign


[deleted]

I'd say it looks pretty close to me eh


Aoikumo

well idk but thats definitely chainsaw man


Knife_stabby_stabby

That second pic was like a Jumpscare


TheBluetopia

I strongly doubt it - not from any mineralogical perspective, but just because malachite is slightly toxic. It's hard to imagine a company producing it for jewelry!


m00n-st0ne

Yes. This shows many variations of green. Fake malachite usually only has two maybe three variations of green and black. Real malachite never has black.


Victorya2382

I have natural malachite at home that I found at work and honestly the beads and towers always look fake to me lol a scratch test will help!


Everyting_Moment

I hopefully don't get flamed for this, since the vast majority of posters on this sub don't seem to suffer from the same psychosis that so many redditors suffer from, but isn't a lot of malachite man-made? So technically real but what many people wouldn't consider "REAL" 不不 It seems, and I agree, that most people here are considering "fake" to be like plastic, glass, or maybe some kind of dyed agate. But in the spirit of conversation, I'm not going to go straight to Google and ask this. I may not see any answers to this comment, but I'm sure they will help others in the future if anyone posts an insightful answer. I personally consider only natural stuff to be "real" even if they're molecularly identical, but I have some man made specimens that I like. I just don't value them the same as the ones made by nature's awesome forces. Somewhere I thought I read malachite could be made through a copper reaction. Thank you for any answers


abc123doraemi

Hard to tell! Ive seen some incredible fake-looking malachite. Usually the fake stuff is lighter in weight and color. So its hard to say without touching these and looking up close.


NortWind

In the third photo (pretty good photos, BTW) the lighter color bands appear translucent. It should be easier for you to tell in person. If they are translucent at all, they are most likely dyed natural agate. So, not malachite, but not entirely fake either. It's a good looking bracelet in any case.


Independent-Egg-9012

Its not translucent and it couldnt scratch glass so i doubt its agate, could it still be it?


NortWind

It is very hard to do a scratch test with a bead. You'd almost have to break a bead in half to get a sharp point to use. I guess take it to a reputable jewelry shop for a good answer. My money is still on dyed agate, though.


Independent-Egg-9012

Its still possible to scratch surfaces with beads, i have agate beads and they scratch glass just fine


NortWind

Try scratching a bead with an apatite specimen. Malachite will easily be scratched.


Independent-Egg-9012

I don't have apatite


NortWind

[Here](https://www.etsy.com/listing/1176802253/golden-apatite-crystal-chunk-points-aid) is some cheap apatite for you.


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Thebomb_729

It looks real to me!


5bi5

It's real.


crystallographygems

Real.


Lost-Ad-7412

It looks real. I love the second picture


eclipseandco

Yes that's real


ChronoCoyote

I was legitimately hoping that second pic was [this character](https://sailormoondub.fandom.com/wiki/Malachite). Tbh, I still kinda wanna pretend it is, even if its not.. lol


Magpieinthehat

It kinda looks like dyed Agate to me


Independent-Egg-9012

I don't think it's agate because it couldn't scratch glass (unlike an agate bracelet i have)


Magpieinthehat

Oh ok! Well fake malachite has black bending so if it is malachite its real


Roxfjord

Yes


Roxfjord

Most fake malachite I have seen always seems to have a black stripes...


0dilon

Its real


jerry111165

Pic #2 definitely is.


lalau13

Dennis jumpscare (but yeah doesnt look fake)


ArdenwinValient616

Looks like it


lil-royal-python

Looks real to me, no black lines only dark greens


beautyallaroundme74

Most malachite beads are ground up malachite from what I have been told and formed into the bead. They say real malachite beads are very rare.


joecee97

How much did it cost lol thats a good indicator to start


Independent-Egg-9012

I don't remember the exact price but it was pretty expensive for a tiny bracelet


joecee97

Thats a good sign. The coloring and patterns look pretty real to me- soft green, no harsh black lines, irregular banding. Check check check


rufusairs

Looks rather... glassy


Independent-Egg-9012

If it's glass can it still be heavy?


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NortWind

There will be a problem with air trapped in the beads. The cord is also likely to be lighter than water.