Malachite Gemstone Sources
Malachite is generally found wherever copper deposits are found. Large copper deposits are found in numerous places around the world: Africa, Australia (Queensland, New South Wales), Europe, Mexico, Middle East, Russia, South America, and the USA (Arizona). You can find our interactive map for gemstone of the world Here.
Lower-quality, less compact malachite can be stabilized with plastic resins or given a surface polish with wax. It is commonly treated with oil, epoxy or wax to enhance the color.
Malachite Gemstone Care
Malachite is not very hard and not very resistant therefore it should be stored separately from other gemstones. Malachite effervesces in acid, so should be kept away from chemicals; ammonia based products will strip the Gemstone of its polish. Malachite gemstone is extremely sensitive to heat therefore it should not be cleaned in ultrasonic bath or steam cleaners.
Chakra: Third eye, higher crown, crown
Malachite Gemstone Basic Properties Table
|Chemical Formula||Cu2 [(OH)2 CO3]
|Color||Light- to black- green, banded
|Hardness||3.5 - 4 on the Mohs scale|
|Crystal System||(Monoclinic) small, long prismatic|
|Refractive Index||1.655 - 1.909|
|Transparency||Translucent to opaque|
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