Malachite Invitation Suite
Malachite is a green copper carbonate hydroxide mineral. Over 4000 years ago, malachite deposits in Egypt and Israel were mined and used to produce copper. Malachite is typically found as stalactites and botryoidal coatings on the surfaces of underground cavities. The vivid green color, bright polished luster, and banding of malachite make it very popular as a gemstone. It is cut into cabochons, sliced into inlay material, sculpted into ornamental objects, and used to manufacture tumbled stones. Its green color does not fade over time or when exposed to light. Those properties, along with its ability to be easily ground to a powder, made malachite a preferred pigment and coloring agent for thousands of years.