The characteristic mixed-tone banding of this square malachite cabochon and the vibrant green color make it an ideal choice for a centerpiece of a pendant or brooch. Partner these designs with complementary-color cabs to create matched sets with bracelets or earrings, or use it to create more complex, multi-stone necklace designs.
Malachite is a copper-rich mineral that displays a rich, green color and features a characteristic, and widely varying, pattern of banding that can be likened to woodgrain. Its name derives from its resemblance to the leaves of the mallow plant. Folklore holds that malachite represents the deep, healing and beauty of nature. In addition to its use in jewelry design, malachite is one of the oldest known green pigments and was used in creating green paints until about 1800. Each is unique; natural banding patterns will vary.