The beautiful green malachite is
a copper ore mineral.
It is found in
oxideised zones of copper ore.
It is often the first
indicator of copper for prospectors.
It is the green stuff
that starts growing on your old copper coin.
So basically what it
is, is oxidised copper.
It is beautiful and green, and it can be found in a few different
habits: massive, botryoidal, fibrous and stalactitic.
It is used as a minor copper ore, and it is mainly used as gemstone and
is found in many countries but one of the largest deposits comes from
Russia, where it is sometimes used in the interior of palaces and
is also very popular in jewelry, where it's often used in rings,
earrings, cufflinks, etc. It also makes nice polished eggs and jewelry
In the nature, it often occurs with azurite.