We are familiar with its distinctive green stripes and colors. It is a favorite amongst the collectors as it is very versatile in the lapidary world. Many times carved into figurines, ashtrays, scepters and obelisks, it is a fairly soft stone so it is easy to manipulate. In the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, you will find an entire room done out in malachite from the Ural mountains. Fire places, tables, columns, bowls, and urns are all carved out of malachite.
is found around the world from the Ural mountains, Congo, Africa, United States and any other places where copper is mined. It is found in association with azurite, goethite, and calcite. Malachite is more common than azurite and is typically associated with copper deposits around limestone, which supplies the source of the carbonate.
Malachite was carved by the ancients into fetishes, jewelry, and other adornments. Today we still utilize it for similar purposes.
Hardness: 3 1/2 – 4
Streak: light green
Specific gravity: 3.6-4
Mineral of the Month: September 2014
Copper carbonate hydroxide
Bulls-eyes in Malachite
Malachite in boytroidal crystal formation
Malachite replacing Azurite
image courtesy of Dakota Matrix
Crystals of Malachite on Malachite
Malachite stalagmites from Congo, Africa
Malachite carved elephant
Fibrous textured Malachite
Malachite carved skull 1
Malachite skull 2
Malachite jewelry box