Malachite is one of the most ancient gemstones and was mined in Egypt as far back as 4,000 BC in the famous King Solomon's mines on the Red Sea. The mines were believed to be under the spiritual dominion of Hathor, the Egyptian goddess of beauty, joy, love and motherhood. Ancient Egyptians thought malachite had strong therapeutic powers and would wear the stone in bracelets and necklaces to ward off danger and illness.
Today, polished malachite is often shaped into a cabochon or beads for use in necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Its earthy, light to dark green shading, sometimes showcased in a distinctive banded pattern, adds to the uniqueness and individuality of each piece.
MALACHITE: Once prized for its protective powers, malachite is now favored for its natural beauty and rich color variations. The stone has a textural appearance, showing off a range of green shades, and oftentimes a unique banded pattern. More about colored gemstones.
Sources of malachite include Africa, Australia, France and the United States.
Malachite is a relatively soft gem (3.5-4 on the Mohs scale) and should be protected from scratching, sharp blows and extreme temperature changes. The best way to clean malachite jewelry is with warm, soapy water; never use a product containing ammonia. When not in use, keep your malachite jewelry protected in box.