Posted 5 years ago
Years ago I used to collect different stones and minerals. One of my favourite stone is malachite - this green stone with bands of different green hues is beautiful and calming. I gave away or sold most of it, I just amassed too many things and I was on my way to become a hoarder - it annoyed my husband. This is what left - mostly gifts so they are close to my heart. The trinket box and a small bowl might be vintage, I assume it about the colour of gold gilding - I might be wrong.
Malachite was used as a pigment in green paints from antiquity until the early 19th century. And it's used for decorative purposes - the stone is used extensively to make beads, cabochons, boxes and carvings of any kinds.
The stone is a result of the weathering of copper ores (especially around limestones) and it is often found together with the blue azurite. Malachite is found worldwide - Congo, Zaire (my big carved ashtray is from Zaire), Mexico, France etc. In the past it was mined in big quantities in Russia, in the Ural mountains.