I’ve always been a sucker for green. Maybe it’s the Irish heritage, or the green eyes, I can’t be sure why, but it’s always been a staple color for me. And one of the most beautiful green stones is undeniably malachite. With it’s varied striations and shades, every piece is one of a kind. (Bonus: it’s also a lot more affordable and less delicate than emeralds.)
Malachite was one of the first ores used to produce copper and also green pigment for painting. More recently it’s been found in smaller quantities and is much more valuable as a gemstone or for use in décor. Malachite has been used for decorative purposes for thousands of years. Initially mined in Egypt and Israel up to 4000 years ago, malachite forms at shallow depths within the earth. It is found growing mostly in fractures and cavities within porous rocks underground. Depending on the stone, and how it’s cut, you will see stripes or concentric amorphous shapes.
Since I know we’re always more interested in shopping, I’ll cut the history lesson short, and show you some of my favorite pieces.
Clockwise from top left: Van Cleef & Arpels Sweet Alhambra bracelet; Roberto Coin necklace; Cartier Amulette ring; Bulgari Serpenti Incantati watch; Giuliano Tincani side table; Kate Lewis pillow; Couture Geo Box; L’Objet candle; Center: Jonathan Adler Oct Vase.