Malachite comes from ancient Greek "moloché", which originally means mauve, though the most famous type of malachite is known for its green hue. An opaque stone with light and dark striations, malachite was mined as early as 4,000 BC by the ancient Egyptians. Its distinctive shade results from the presence of copper. Because of its recognizable green color and the fact that it usually accompanies copper deposits, malachite is used as a guide when prospecting for this metal.
Van Cleef & Arpels chooses malachite from Australia or Zaire. The Maison also carefully selects malachite with the most unique hue, one that is not too dark in color, with regularly alternating light and dark green bands.
Malachite is said to be the guardian stone of travelers, providing them protection and security. It is the gemstone for the 13th wedding anniversary.
Maintaining your malachite:
As this stone is especially soft, Van Cleef & Arpels recommends protecting it from scratches and sharp blows.
Please avoid washing malachite in water, as this will remove its protective polish and alter its brilliance.