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THE MINERAL
MALACHITE
  • Chemistry: Cu2(CO3)(OH)2, Copper Carbonate Hydroxide.
  • Class: Carbonate
  • Uses: As mineral specimens, an important ore of copper, as an ornamental stone, a pigment and for jewelry.
  • Natural malachite mineral Specimens
    For Malachite Jewelry, see -->  MALACHITE JEWELRY

Malachite is a famous and very popular semi-precious stone. It is named for the Greek word for "mallow", a green herb. Its banded light and dark green designs are one-of-a-kind, and give it a unique ornamental quality unlike that of any other stone. The light and dark green bands are so distinctive that malachite maybe one of the most easily recognized minerals by the general public. A popular design of ceramic ware which imitates this banding is named after the mineral malachite. It forms the banding from subtle changes in the oxidation states of the surrounding pore waters, but the exact mechanism is still not well understood.

Tumbled stones of malachite are possibly the most popular tumbled stones ever and are sold in litterally every rock shop around the world. Carvings and figurines of malachite are almost as common. A skilled craftsman can make the concentric malachite bands follow the curves of a work of art like contours on a rugged terrain. Although malachite art is not as precious as jade; it is hard to argue that it is less beautiful.

Malachite is also popular in jewelry, Native American Southwestern jewelry especially. The stones inlayed in silver make a nice variance from the traditional turquoise jewelry. Instead of competing, the two green stones tend to compliment each other when placed together in the same settings. Other stones such as coral, mother-of-pearl, azurite, jasper and onyx used in the typically handcrafted jewelry also compliment malachite's green colors.

Although its massive carvable forms are well known, its crystalline forms are much rarer and only recently becoming widely available to the average mineral collector. One of its more unique habits is its fine acicular crusts and tufts. At times appearing as a mat of thin hairs or as a carpet of green velvet. Another unusual habit is its stalactitic habits such as pictured above.

Many beautiful specimens of malachite contain special combinations with other minerals. Such combinations are some of the most colorful mineral assortments in the mineral world. They include such stunningly colorful minerals as dark blue azurite, sparkling black mottramite, baby blue chrysocolla, or rusty red limonite.

So common is malachite that it is associated with almost every secondary copper mineral whether they are carbonate minerals or not. Malachite is found with many rare copper silicates, halides, phosphates, sulfates and carbonates such as duftite, libethenite, aurichalcite, sphaerocobaltite, kolwezite, shattuckite, atacamite, chalcophyllite, antlerite, conichalcite, rosasite, chalcosiderite, clinoclase, brochantite, graemite, liroconite, mixite and cornetite, to name a few.

Malachite has a mineral impostor called pseudomalachite. Pseudomalachite is a copper phosphate that has a massive crystal habit and color that are very similar to malachite's habit and color, although the two minerals have different structures. Pseudomalachite means "false malachite" in latin and is very rare compared to malachite.

Malachite is an impostor of its own. It frequently pseudomorphs the closely associated mineral azurite. A pseudomorph is a mineral specimen where the original mineral has been chemically replaced by another mineral, but the outward appearance is still retained. Pseudomorph means "false shape" in latin parlance. The transformation is fascinating and sometimes leaves a nearly perfect azurite crystal shape that is actually malachite. Often the transformation is incomplete and leaves a blue/green mineral specimen unlike any other. A gem trade name is used for ornamental stones with this combination called azur-malachite. See the azurite page for a more detailed discussion of the transformation.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:


Malachite Jewelry - Hover over an item for more information
Sterling Silver BULL EYE Malachite Ring Jewelry
This Ring was handmade by a master artisan and is one of a kind.Only $104.24 at JeGem.com
no photoSterling Silver BULL EYE Malachite Ring Jewelry
$104.24
JeGem.com
Women's Silver Maya Malachite Large Caviar Stud Earrings - Lagos
Sterling silver stud earrings by Lagos. From the Maya Collection. Malachite stone and faceted crystal doublet, 10mm. Signature Lagos Caviar beading. 16mm diameter (approx. 2/3in ). Omega post backs with 14k gold post. For pierced ears. Imported.Only $295.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoWomen's Silver Maya Malachite Large Caviar Stud Earrings - Lagos
$295.00
Neiman Marcus
Malachite Ring - Stephanie Kantis
Evoking the precious pieces of bygone eras, each Stephanie Kantis piece is a modern twist on a classic design. Dipped in effulgent 24-karat yellow gold and bedecked with richly hued malachite, this ring upgrades any look with light and color. 24-karat...Only $475.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoMalachite Ring - Stephanie Kantis
$475.00
Neiman Marcus
The Malachite Ring
Sophie Monet for JEWELMINT COLLECTIVE The Malachite Ring- Shedua wood ring with vibrent green malachite stone. Tumbled/ polished natural Malachite stone. size may vary.This JewelMint Collective piece is made to order just for you by our Collective...Only $100.00 at JewelMint
no photoThe Malachite Ring
$100.00
JewelMint
Silver Maya Malachite North-South Dome Ring - Lagos
Sterling silver ring by Lagos. From the Maya Collection. Malachite stone and faceted crystal doublet. Signature Lagos Caviar beading. Wide, tapered band; 8mm to 4mm. 27 x 22mm (approx. 1inW). Size 7. Imported.Only $395.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoSilver Maya Malachite North-South Dome Ring - Lagos
$395.00
Neiman Marcus
Women's Silver Maya Malachite Half-Hoop Stud Earrings - Lagos
Sterling silver stud earrings by Lagos. From the Maya Collection. Malachite stone and faceted crystal doublet. Signature Lagos Caviar beading. 18 x 12mm diameter (approx. 3/4in ). Omega post backs with 14k gold post. For pierced ears. Imported.Only $350.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoWomen's Silver Maya Malachite Half-Hoop Stud Earrings - Lagos
$350.00
Neiman Marcus
Onyx & Malachite Cord Bracelet - John Hardy
A woven cord, classic woven-texture metal, and strong, sharp color make this John Hardy bracelet a perfect accessory of casual, confident looks. Black woven cord. Sterling silver beads with signature woven chain texture. Alternating black onyx and...Only $195.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoOnyx & Malachite Cord Bracelet - John Hardy
$195.00
Neiman Marcus
Women's 14mm Sterling Silver Malachite Rocks Ring - Lagos
Sterling silver Lagos ring. Faceted cushion-cut malachite center. Signature Caviar bezel. Wide band with crown logo.Only $295.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoWomen's 14mm Sterling Silver Malachite Rocks Ring - Lagos
$295.00
Neiman Marcus
Women's Silver Beaded Maya Malachite Medium Bangle - Lagos
Sterling silver bangle by Lagos. From the Maya Collection. Malachite stones and faceted crystal doublets. Signature Lagos Caviar beading. 5mm wide. Slip-on style. Imported.Only $595.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoWomen's Silver Beaded Maya Malachite Medium Bangle - Lagos
$595.00
Neiman Marcus
Women's 14mm Sterling Silver Malachite Rocks Clip-On Earrings - Lagos
Lagos stud earrings. Faceted cushion-cut malachite. Sterling silver signature Caviar bezels. Omega post backs for pierced ears.Only $450.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoWomen's 14mm Sterling Silver Malachite Rocks Clip-On Earrings - Lagos
$450.00
Neiman Marcus
Beaded Malachite Bracelet, 8mm - Stephen Webster
Polished malachite and sculpted silver give this Stephen Webster bracelet a powerful presence. Use it to add Gothic strength and an on-trend touch to casual or more daring dressy looks. Sculpted, oxidized sterling silver ends and lobster clasp....Only $250.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoBeaded Malachite Bracelet, 8mm - Stephen Webster
$250.00
Neiman Marcus
Sterling Silver Illusive Band Eye Malachite Pendant Jewelry
This Pendant was handmade by a master artisan and is one of a kind.Only $114.74 at JeGem.com
no photoSterling Silver Illusive Band Eye Malachite Pendant Jewelry
$114.74
JeGem.com
Ross-Simons Malachite Earrings in 14kt Yellow Gold
Our enchanting malachite teardrop earrings are bold and beautiful splashes of enchanting color! Understated and classy, you can wear these malachite earrings day and night. Leverback, 14kt yellow gold earrings.Only $108.75 at Ross-Simons
no photoRoss-Simons Malachite Earrings in 14kt Yellow Gold
$108.75
Ross-Simons
Ross-Simons Malachite and .60 ct. t.w. Peridot Drop Earrings in 14kt Yellow Gold
These gorgeous malachite and .60 ct. t.w. peridot drop earrings are a dream-come-true for jewelry lovers. The dazzling teardrop-shaped malachite drops are topped with sparkling peridot rounds with wonderful results. They will add uptown distinction and...Only $116.25 at Ross-Simons
no photoRoss-Simons Malachite and .60 ct. t.w. Peridot Drop Earrings in 14kt Yellow Gold
$116.25
Ross-Simons
Women's Silver Beaded Maya Malachite Teardrop Pendant Necklace - Lagos
Sterling silver pendant necklace by Lagos. From the Maya Collection. Malachite/faceted crystal doublet teardrop pendant. Signature Lagos Caviar beading and ball stations. Pendant, 33x17mm (approx. 1 1/3inL). Adjustable chain necklace, 16-18inL ....Only $350.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoWomen's Silver Beaded Maya Malachite Teardrop Pendant Necklace - Lagos
$350.00
Neiman Marcus

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