Malachite is one of the most popular and beautiful semi precious stones available. While it might be owned by millions, most people are not aware that the ornamental jewelry or figurines they own are created from the gemstone Malachite. Malachite is a wonderful gemstone that is generally used for ornamental jewelry, small statues and figurines and many times for pigment to make paint.
Malachite usually comes in a rich, intense green and it can be light or dark. What is important is that it is generally banded. In most gemstones, you will see plenty of bands or rings within the stone each with their own color of green. Malachite gets it wonderfully warm colors from the element copper. Malachite’s composition is called copper carbonate hydroxide. It is written as the following Cu2(CO3)(OH)2 and it is one of the more common copper ores.
Malachite is named after the Greek word Mallow, which means green herb. This stone has known to man for thousands of years not only to the Ancient Greeks and Romans, but also across the Atlantic to many Native American Indian tribes, which still use this stone for ornamental jewelry and pigment.
Today, Malachite is extremely popular in the Southwest part of America. It is used to create ornamental jewelry and figurines. This earthy stone is very popular and is usually mixed with other top semi precious gemstones to create wonderful jewelry pieces. For instance, some of the gemstones added to the mix of Malachite are Mother of Pearl, Onyx, Jasper and Coral.