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Malachite has been prized for its beauty for thousands of years. It has an intense green color that does not fade over time or exposure to light and the color is often banded with light and dark green.
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Because of its beautiful appearance and ability to be highly polished Malachite is valued in jewelry making as well as all sorts of decorative objects. 

Malachite is a copper carbonate mineral with the formula Cu 2 [(OH) 2 ]CO 3. It is associated with copper ore.  It's crystal habit is acicular and prismatic  but it is often found as botroydal crystals. 

Where is Malachite Found?

Uses of Malachite
Malachite is most often used as an ornamental stone. It is Used to create all kinds of decorative objects, jewelry, beads, and cabochons. Historically it has been used as a copper ore but it is more valuable as a decorative stone. Because of its fade resistant color it is ground into a fine powder and used as a pigment.

Malachite Deposits
Huge quanities of this mineral, in blocks weighing tons, come from the Ural Mountains in Russia and from Shaba, Zaire. Today most of the malachite on the market comes from The Democratic Republic of The Congo. It is also found in many places in the southwest U.S. most noteably Bisbee, Arizona.

Mineral Properties Of Malachite

Chemical formula: Cu 2 [(OH) 2 ]CO 3 , copper carbonate.
Color(s): light green to dark green 
Streak: light green
Luster: vitreous, dull, earthy
Transparency: opaque
Crystal system: Monoclinic
Crystal Habits: acicular and prismatic crystals.Botryoidal aggregates.
Specific Gravity: About 4.1
Hardness (Mohs): 3.5 to 4
Cleavage: perfect
Fracture: conchoidal
Uses: Mineral Specimens, jewelry and ornamentals
Associated Minerals: copper, azurite, and cuprite.
Location: Democratic Republic of The Congo, Arizona, USA; Russia; Zaire.
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