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.
Malachite: Variations of Green Add Intrigue
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.
Our jewelry designers strive to create unique malachite jewelry pieces that showcase the stone's natural beauty and tonal variations. Our malachite necklaces, bracelets, earrings and malachite rings are of the highest quality, and it shows. Visit our website often to view our latest malachite jewelry designs.
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.
The beauty of malachite jewelry is that it can appear both elegant and casual, depending on the type of setting used. Malachite gets its striking color variations from the copper contained in the stone. This unique shading, sometimes appearing in a banded pattern, adds to malachite jewelry's one-of-a-kind appeal. Malachite looks beautiful accented with gold or silver and catches the eye in necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. Malachite is also a natural choice for Southwestern jewelry designs as it complements turquoise, lapis and tiger's eye beautifully.
Sources of malachite include Africa, Australia, France and the United States.
Malachite Jewelry Care & Handling
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 your Ross-Simons presentation box.