The malachite gemstone is stunningly beautiful and readily available — a serendipitous combination that makes for breathtaking yet inexpensive jewelry. Malachite's vivid green hue (created from the copper in its chemical makeup) is accentuated by mesmerizing swirl patterns — gorgeous evidence of how this opaque gemstone was formed.
Malachite has been used in jewelry for thousands of years. The Egyptians mined malachite as early as 4000 B.C. and the ancient Greeks and Romans also favored this lustrous gemstone. These early cultures crafted malachite jewelry and they also ground the gemstone into pigment to be used for paint or eyeshadow. But nineteenth-century Russian royalty were perhaps the most ardent fans of malachite's dramatic color; they used malachite on a much larger scale to create sculptures, vases, dinnerware and even room paneling.
To this day, malachite is a widely popular gemstone. Malachite jewelry is sophisticated, sleek, understated and always classy. At Ross-Simons, this enchanting forest-green gemstone find a home in affordable malachite bracelets, malachite rings, malachite necklaces and malachite earrings. A wide variety of malachite jewelry styles are available, including drop earrings, pendant necklaces, cuff bracelets and show-stopping malachite rings.