Crystal Closeup: Malachite

“MALACHITE.
The sudden spoon is the same in no size. The sudden spoon is the wound in the decision.”

– Gertrude Stein, “Tender Buttons”

I would be remiss to discuss malachite without bringing up Gertrude Stein. Well, perhaps that’s not exactly true, but ever since I read “Tender Buttons” in college malachite has immediately brought the section of the poem above to mind. Malachite has actually been quite inspirational to authors, so, for the first time, there’s a literature section at the bottom of this crystal closeup post.

Malachite contains copper, and historically it was smelted, as well as used to create pigments, glazes, jewelry, and decorative pieces. Its name comes from the Greek word for “mallow” and it is known for its bands of bright green color. Malachite is found in many parts of the world with some of the best coming from the Congo, Morocco, Arizona, France, and South Australia; massive deposits have been found in Russia in the Ural Mountains. Malachite grows in many formations including fibrous aggregates, botryoidal or encrusting masses, and stalactites; it often grows with azurite as well. Unfortunately, cheap, synthetic malachite is being produced; real malachite won’t be nearly as inexpensive.

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