This rich green coloured highly polished stone boasts distinctive markings but it does have some minor polishing issues. These can only really be seen with careful examination in good light.
Polishing the mineral malachite can be challenging because not only is it very soft but the dust is also toxic. For this reason breathing protection must be worn whilst stones are being cut and polished. Malachite tends to be kept wet whilst being worked on to minimise the amount of dust. The reason the stone is toxic is because malachite is an ore of copper.
Whilst it's recommended rough and dusty specimens be handled with care, the toxicity from a polished gemstone is extremely low. With that said, malachite should never be put in your mouth and must not be used as an elixir.
Being a soft stone presents challenges during polishing because the more malachite is polished, the more chance there is of it becoming damaged. With the gemstones in our collection all being cut and polished by hand in India, it does make it extremely difficult to find a perfectly polished stone.
Malachite is a popular gemstone that has been used for decorative purposes for thousands of years.
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