Malachite is a stone that we absolutely love at Stone Mania and because we do a significant amount of our buying in South Africa, there's never any shortage in our collection of this distinctive green mineral.
Although we were not able to capture it in our photograph, when this piece is illuminated using a torch, the minute crystals which cover the top layer of the mineral sparkle incessantly. In fact whenver under artificial light sparkling crystals can be clearly seen. For a taster take a look at the video on our Facebook page and you'll see what we mean.
Malachite is a fragile stone hence finding really nice rough pieces can be a challenge. On Mohs scale of mineral hardness it grades just 3½ to 4 yet despite that, it's hugely popular as a lapidary material and has been used for carving for thousands of years.
If you love rocks and minerals as much as we do and particularly malachite, this piece is sure to get your heart racing.
Weight (grams) : 77
Size (cms) : 9.1 x 8 x 2