THE MINERAL
MALACHITE
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  • 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
Silver Maya Malachite North-South Dome Ring - Lagos - Silver (7)
LagosSilver Maya Malachite North-South Dome RingDetailsSterling 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...Only $395.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoSilver Maya Malachite North-South Dome Ring - Lagos - Silver (7)
$395.00
Neiman Marcus
Women's Silver Legends Malachite Ring - multicolor (one size)
Given its name due to its resemblance to the leaves of a mallow plant, the vibrant green malachite stone adds a balanced, natural elegance to this sterling silver ring. Dimensions: 11/16L x 3/8W.Whole sizes: 7-9. Type: Rings. Size 7.Only $39.99 at Cabela's
no photoWomen's Silver Legends Malachite Ring - multicolor (one size)
$39.99
Cabela's
Sterling Silver Azurite-malachite Pendant
Handmade by Master Artisan. See more details at JeGem.com.Only $89.99 at JeGem.com
no photoSterling Silver Azurite-malachite Pendant
$89.99
JeGem.com
Malachite Ring - Stephanie Kantis - Green (ONE SIZE)
Stephanie KantisMalachite RingDetails24-karat yellow gold plate.Faceted malachite center.Beaded trim detail on octagonal face and wide, tapered band.Approx. 1 1/10inH.Made in USA.Designer About Stephanie Kantis Jewelry:Stephanie Anne Kantis is proof...Only $475.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoMalachite Ring - Stephanie Kantis - Green (ONE SIZE)
$475.00
Neiman Marcus
Silver Beaded Maya Malachite Medium Bangle - Lagos - Silver (MEDIUM)
LagosSilver Beaded Maya Malachite Medium Bangle DetailsSterling silver bangle by Lagos.From the Maya Collection.Malachite stones and faceted crystal doublets.Signature Lagos Caviar beading.5mm wide.Slip-on style.Imported.Designer About Lagos:In 1977,...Only $595.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoSilver Beaded Maya Malachite Medium Bangle - Lagos - Silver (MEDIUM)
$595.00
Neiman Marcus
Silver Maya Malachite Half-Hoop Stud Earrings - Lagos - Silver
LagosSilver Maya Malachite Half-Hoop Stud EarringsDetailsSterling 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...Only $350.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoSilver Maya Malachite Half-Hoop Stud Earrings - Lagos - Silver
$350.00
Neiman Marcus
Sterling Silver Stripe Malachite Pendant
Handmade by Master Artisan. See more details at JeGem.com.Only $124.49 at JeGem.com
no photoSterling Silver Stripe Malachite Pendant
$124.49
JeGem.com
Men's Onyx & Malachite Cord Bracelet - John Hardy - Black/Onyx
John HardyOnyx & Malachite Cord BraceletDetailsA 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...Only $195.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoMen's Onyx & Malachite Cord Bracelet - John Hardy - Black/Onyx
$195.00
Neiman Marcus
Silver Beaded Maya Malachite Medium Bangle - Lagos - Silver (SMALL)
LagosSilver Beaded Maya Malachite Medium Bangle DetailsSterling silver bangle by Lagos.From the Maya Collection.Malachite stones and faceted crystal doublets.Signature Lagos Caviar beading.5mm wide.Slip-on style.Imported.Designer About Lagos:In 1977,...Only $595.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoSilver Beaded Maya Malachite Medium Bangle - Lagos - Silver (SMALL)
$595.00
Neiman Marcus
14mm Sterling Silver Malachite Rocks Clip-On Earrings - Lagos - Silver (14mm ,4mm )
Lagos14mm Sterling Silver Malachite Rocks Clip-On EarringsDetailsLagos stud earrings.Faceted cushion-cut malachite.Sterling silver signature Caviar bezels.Omega post backs for pierced ears.Designer About Lagos:In 1977, Philadelphia-based designer...Only $450.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photo14mm Sterling Silver Malachite Rocks Clip-On Earrings - Lagos - Silver (14mm ,4mm )
$450.00
Neiman Marcus
Sterling Silver Azurite-malachite Pendant
Handmade by Master Artisan. See more details at JeGem.com.Only $136.49 at JeGem.com
no photoSterling Silver Azurite-malachite Pendant
$136.49
JeGem.com
14mm Sterling Silver Malachite Rocks Ring - Lagos - Silver (7)
Lagos14mm Sterling Silver Malachite Rocks RingDetailsSterling silver Lagos ring.Faceted cushion-cut malachite center.Signature Caviar bezel.Wide band with crown logo.Designer About Lagos:In 1977, Philadelphia-based designer Steven Lagos introduced...Only $295.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photo14mm Sterling Silver Malachite Rocks Ring - Lagos - Silver (7)
$295.00
Neiman Marcus
Sterling Silver Azurite-malachite Pendant
Handmade by Master Artisan. See more details at JeGem.com.Only $155.99 at JeGem.com
no photoSterling Silver Azurite-malachite Pendant
$155.99
JeGem.com
Multi-Stone, .10ct t.w. Diamond Scarab Pin Pendant Over Sterling
An RS exclusive. This scarab pin pendant is an ancient Egyptian symbol of renewal crafted with malachite, black and green agate and .10 ct. t.w. diamonds. Fixed bale fits up to a 2mm chain, sold separately. Revolver safety. 18kt yellow gold over...Only $225.00 at Ross-Simons
no photoMulti-Stone, .10ct t.w. Diamond Scarab Pin Pendant Over Sterling
$225.00
Ross-Simons
Men's Beaded Malachite Bracelet, 8mm - Stephen Webster
Stephen WebsterBeaded Malachite Bracelet, 8mmDetailsPolished 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,...Only $250.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoMen's Beaded Malachite Bracelet, 8mm - Stephen Webster
$250.00
Neiman Marcus

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