Malachite

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.

Cu2CO3(OH)2

System: Monoclinic

Hardness: 3 1/2 – 4

Streak: light green

Specific gravity: 3.6-4

Mineral of the Month: September 2014

Copper carbonate hydroxide

 

 

Azurite malachite

Malachite azurite

Malachite spheres

Malachite spheres

 Bullseyes in malachite

Bulls-eyes in Malachite

malachite boytroidal

Malachite in boytroidal crystal formation

malachite replacing azuritee

Malachite replacing Azurite

image courtesy of Dakota Matrix

Crystals of malachite

Crystals of Malachite on Malachite

Malachite stalagmites from Congo

Malachite stalagmites from Congo, Africa

malachite elephant

Malachite carved elephant

Fibrous textured malachite

Fibrous textured Malachite

Malachite skull 1

Malachite carved skull 1

Malachite skull 2

Malachite skull 2

Malachite jewelry box

Malachite jewelry box

Malachite Polished

Malachite polished

Malachite pyramid

Malachite pyramid

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