An opaque stone of singular beauty, malachite calls to mind the vitality of nature through its deep green hue enriched with light and dark banding. Van Cleef & Arpels selects malachite displaying straight, uniform veins, predominantly from Australia. The stone gleams alongside yellow gold in the Alhambra® and Perlée™ collections, among other creations.
Once seen as a good luck charm, it was offered as a protective talisman to children and travelers.
The name malachite is said to derive from the Greek molōchē, a reference to the mallow plant, known for its deep green leaves, or alternatively malakhē, meaning soft. Due to its aesthetic qualities, malachite was particularly sought after in the 19th century, especially in Russia, where it served to adorn churches and palaces. Once seen as a good luck charm, it was offered as a protective talisman to children and travelers.
To preserve its shine, malachite must be stored in a dry fabric-lined box separate from other jewelry. Contact with water should be avoided because it can damage the stone’s protective surface, dulling its shine.