Malachite is a common crystalline mineral, whose green color is the product of the copper it is usually found near and which is part of its composition. A soft stone compared to rubies and diamonds, malachite is rarely faceted because its crystals are too small. Instead, it is carved into beads and cabochons. Because the bands in malachite give it an irregular degree of hardness, the stone is often held together with resin or impregnated with plastic before being polished. This also helps stabilize malachite, which tends to be brittle.

Like most gemstones, malachite is thought to possess properties beyond its visual appeal. Malachite was worn to ward off the evil eye, it was considered a balm to babies cutting their first teeth, and when a piece of malachite was hung over a woman in labor, it was believed to make childbirth easier.

In addition to jewelry, malachite has historically been used as a material for inlay. Prior to the Russian revolution of 1917, the royal family paneled entire rooms with the stuff. Today, though, malachite is most commonly found in inexpensive pieces of sterling-silver jewelry, from bracelets to necklaces to earrings.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

All About Jewels Dictionary

All About Jewels Dictionary

This incredible reference dictionary on jewelry, from Enchantedlearning.com, is both beautiful and comprehensive. S… [read review or visit site]

Morning Glory Antiques and Jewelry

Morning Glory Antiques and Jewelry

Jewelry collectors, feast your eyes on this internet gem! It's a goldmine of jewelry information featuring all styl… [read review or visit site]

Cathy Gordon's Jewelry Gallery

Cathy Gordon's Jewelry Gallery

With its vast galleries featuring clear images of jewelry and style, this site really covers it all! Divided up by … [read review or visit site]

Jewel History

Jewel History

Since March of 2007, readers of Lori Ettlinger Gross’s Jewel History blog have been treated to her weekly (someti… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Vtg Mexico Solid Sterling Malachite Moderne Statement 16.5 In Necklace 110 GramsVtg Sterling Silver 925 Turquoise Malachite Pendant Necklace Lot D215Vintage Mexico Solid Sterling Malachite Modernist Statement Bracelet 66 GramsVintage Jewellery Striking Green Malachite & Brass Bangle BraceletVtg Estate 14k 585 Gold Channel Inlay Lapis Malachite Turquoise Ring Stamp NmNavajo Handmade Solid Sterling Silver Opal Malachite Inlay Bear Cuff Bracelet JVtg Sterling Silver 925 Lot Malachite Gem Bug Western Brooch Pin Cat Flower D146Superb Large Antique Victorian Scottish Malachite Agate Silver Anchor BroochBeautiful Turquoise Onyx Malachite Inlay Vintage Navajo Ring Sterling Silver ...Taxco Mexico Vintage Sterling Silver Malachite Cable Rope Twist Cuff Bracelet 7"Vtg Mexico Sterling Malachite Floral Deco-mod Hinged Bangle Taxco 57 GramsFine Vtg Navajo Indian Turquoise Onyx Malachite Coral Graduated Bead NecklaceVintage Sterling Silver - Navajo Feather Malachite 6.5g - Ring (11) Mens Cx5833Vintage Sterling Old Pawn Jl Jefferson Lee Squash Blossom Oval Malachite Ring** Estate 14k Yellow Gold Malachite Stud Earrings 4.0 GramsFine Vtg Navajo Indian Sterling Silver Wilson Begay Malachite Cuff Bracelet 50gVtg Sterling Silver 925 50gram Sz3-10 Ring Lot Onyx Malachite Turquoise D220Vintage Sterling Silver - Navajo Braided Malachite Cuff 39g - Bracelet (6.25")Vintage Sterling Silver - Navajo Malachite Drop 26.7g - Necklace (15") Db0363Huge Lot Of Vintage Native American Sterling Turquoise Coral Malachite EarringsTested Silver Art Nouveau Malachite Ring-uk Size OSuperb Large Antique Victorian Scottish Malachite Agate Silver Pebble Brooch925 Sterling Silver Vintage Antique Finish Malachite Navajo Charm Bracelet 8gVintage Estate Sterling Silver Malachite & Lapis Inlay Hinged Dangle EarringsVtg Sterling Silver 925 Lot Turqoise Malachite Stone 49gram Charm Pendant D139Taxco Sterling Silver Vintage 925 Malachite & Turquoise Pendant (26.6g) - 512567Sterling Silver Taxco Octagon Turquoise, Malachite, Onyx Pendant (13.3g) 530883Grandmas Old Pawn Western Sterling Silver Big Chunky Malachite BraceletVintage Sterling Silver - `navajo Braided Malachite 5.5g - Ring (7.5) Cx3933Free Shipping Malachite Antique Design Ring Size 7 1/2; H89203Vtg Sterling Silver - Navajo Malachite Biker Ring Mens Size 15 - 18gTaxco Sterling Silver Vintage 925 Azurite Malachite Necklace 16" (40.5g) 519727Vintage Sterling Silver - Navajo Malachite Spiny Oyster 13.1g - Ring (8) Mens3 Sterling Silver Pendants-stones-turquoise-malachite-vintage-nr!Vintage Malachite And Silver Pendant With Silver ChainVintage Malachite And Silver RingNefrom Danish 925 Sterling Silver Necklace With Large Green Malachite StoneSterling Silver 925 Estate Green Malachite Rope Swirl Band Ring Size 7925 Silver Vintage Antique Finish Beaded Malachite Necklace & Bracelet Set 5gVintage Sterling Silver & Malachite Stone Ring Size 6.0 * E091Vintage Emerald Green Malachite Stone Sterling Silver Teardrop Pierced EarringsGrandmas Estate Old Pawn Western Sterling Silver Malachite EarringsVtg 950 Sterling & Malachite Td-27 Taxco Mexico Geometric Link Bracelet 2+ OzBig Antique Victorian Hm 1849 Silver Scottish Agate Malachite Fossil Brooch Pin.925 Sterling Silver Vintage Men's Green Malachite Ring Vintage Sterling Silver Malachite Clip-on Earrings ~ 13.5grams Signed Ap3d Vintage Sterling Old Pawn Navajo Inlay Lapis & Malachite Bangle Bracelet Estate Find Designer Whitney Kelly "wk" Malachite & Sterling Silver BraceletFree Shipping Malachite Antique Design Ring Size 7; J68005Stunning Vintage Estate Tested Sterling Silver Malachite Earrings!!! 2144qVintage Sterling Silver Lapis, Malachite & Turquoise Hot Air Balloon Pin/penant Vtg. Navajo Signed Sterling Silver Bear Paw, Green Malachite Earrings94 Ct Huge Natural Antique Designer Green Malachite Oval Cabochon Gemstones C100925 Sterling Silver Vintage Antique Finish Lapis & Malachite Ring 9g - Sz 9Sterling Silver 925 Estate Green Malachite Rope Hammered Band Ring Size 6Free Shipping Huge Malachite Antique Design Pendant 3"; 42 Grams; J67471Brown Malachite Nugget Red Agate Stone Antique Gold Dangle Artisan Earrings JenVintage 925 Sterling Silver Malachite Inlay Dolphin Charm Pendant (1.5g)- 446834African Malachite Cabochoins Extra Large Stones Estate Liquidation Closeout SaleJerusalem Israel 925 Sterling Silver Filigree Malachite-eilat Pin Pendant-teardp