Malachite, the deep green coloured gemstone is a copper carbonate hydroxide mineral. It is extensively used in jewellery making due to its enchanting colour and its ability to withstand the sun. It fade when in contact with the sun. Moreover, malachite can be powdered easily; hence, it is also used for adding colour to various materials. The stone was named after the Greek word ‘mallows’ that translates as ‘green of leaves’.
Origin: The striking green colour of malachite is not the same everywhere. It has banding all over the surface, resembling every shade of nature. It is found extensively in Egypt, Russia, Congo and Israel. A limited amount of malachite is also located in Australia, France and Arizona.
Malachite is mostly opaque. Designers cut it into many mesmerizing designs. Some of the most popular malachite cuts in jewellery making are round, square, teardrops, rectangular etc.
Ornament designs: Jewellery makers include both polished and rough malachite in their designs. We can find these as ring mountings, pendants and even beads of a chain. Silver or white gold is the perfect choice to pair with this alluring gemstone. Hence rings, bracelets and necklaces in silver encrusted with malachite are popular choices.
Other Uses: Apart from being a popular choice in ornament designing malachite is also used for creating ornamental products for décor. Some popular decorative items that use malachite are vintage pens, decorative walls, jewellery cases, watches, idols etc.
Malachite is both affordable and common. Here are some features :
Touch: While touching ,it will feel hard ,dense and very cold.
Pattern: The stripes found on the malachite are uneven. There might be circles and speckles in every shape and size. Fake malachite will have uniform patterns.
Colour: Malachite is green and comes in no other hues.
Sometimes crystals of leftover malachite are crushed and mixed with dyes to create a large stone.