Malachite is one of the more common semi precious gemstones. In fact, it is so common, that most people don’t even know it by name; they are just enamored by its beautiful color. Malachite is formed from copper, and it is one of the more popular common ores. Malachite is very common as a copper ore that it is associated with about 50% of secondary copper minerals.
Malachite is usually referred to by gemologists as copper carbonate hydroxide, it is written scientifically as Cu2(CO3)(OH)2. While this wonderful semi precious gemstone is primarily used as ornamental jewelry, it can be used for paint pigments and larger figurines. Malachite is a beautiful green that varies from light to dark. What makes it even more wonderful is its beautiful bands and rings that can make each stone look unique. The stone is either opaque when it is in a massive form or can be translucent when in its crystal form. Usually Malachite is found in oxidized copper deposits and can be found in the following forms; botryoidal, reniform and stalactites.
Malachite is found in many regions all over the world. Some of the more popular places that Malachite is found and mined are the Ural Mountains of Russia, Namibia, Shaba, South Australia including Brisbane, Germany, Romania, Mexico, and Arizona and New Mexico in the United States.
Regarding size, usually huge chunks of Malachite are found in the above regions. They are not usually found in very small sizes such as other types of rare gemstones or minerals.