Malachite Collection - American Bead Corp
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  • Malachite Collection

    February 25, 2021

    Don’t forget your Malachite as a symbolically protective stone and to ward off the “evil eye.” Malachite is linked with the heart chakra and considered a stone of transformation, encouraging wearers to take responsibility for one’s actions, healing, and cleansing environmental pollution. 

    Malachite is a copper carbonate hydroxide mineral known for its vivid green color from the copper content and swirling concentric stripes or bands of lighter or darker color. It has an iridescent chatoyancy in various shades of green depending on the amount of admixed clay which contribute to the beautiful bands of green color.  While copper dust is known to be toxic if inhaled our collection of Malachite is highly polished and not harmful. With a MOHS hardness of 3.5 to 4, Malachite is easy to carve, or work with taking a high polish readily, but requires gentle care due to its sensitivity to heat and acids.

    The word Malachite comes from the Greek malache for mallow (a green herb) for its green color plus malakos (soft) due to low hardness level. Historically, Malachite seen in ancient Egypt in 4,000 BCE as a gemstone for jewelry, decoration, ground into pigments for painting and for cosmetics. In the 19th century, Malachite vases, sculptures, dining sets and wall panels were seen in Russian royals and aristocracy. 

    Sources of Malachite are Australia, Chile, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Namibia, Romania, Russia, United States (Arizona, New Mexico, Tennessee, Utah), and Zambia.  All of our Malachite gemstones are natural stone with natural color as round, heishi, or rondelle beads and unique shapes (teardrop, oval, heart, diamond, free-form, and pendants) in sizes 2 - 40mm depending on cut. 

    Explore our marvelous Malachite Collection for that bit of “oomph” in your jewelry designs. Looking for green and blue combination stones? Try our Lapis Malachite Collection with exquisite natural stone, natural color lapis-malachite-turquoise combination stones!

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