This natural specimen has been polished to a smooth finish to highlight its light and dark green banding. Malachite is usually found in large opaque green masses, copper being the cause for the coloring. It often crystallizes in the form of botryoidal crusts, tufts, masses, or rosettes. This is what a little spit & polish does for Malachite. See our natural Malachite specimens too!
- Hand polished irregular shape
- Length: 4 inches
- Width: 3 1/3 inches
- Height: 3 1/3 inches
- Weight: 2.22 lbs (1,007 grams)
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. 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.
Malachite has historically been worn as a healing gemstone. It was used as a protection against the evil eye and given to children to wear to protect them from having nightmares. Even today there are people who use Malachite as a gemstone for holistic and spiritual purposes.