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BARGAIN - Natural Malachite Faceted Round Bead - 9mm - 9 Pieces - A2230

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BARGAIN priced.... as the hole edges of every bead is not so smooth and the surfaces of 2 beads have very tiny natural roughs.. still usable though....thanks

~~~ Natural Malachite Faceted Round Bead ~~~

approx. size : 9mm

approx. total weight : 14 grams = 70 carats

9 beads, center-drilled

Listing is for the exact 9 beads as pictured.

Color of gemstone may vary slightly from screen to screen.

** Malachite is a basic copper carbonate that is formed from copper-containing solutions near copper ore deposits. Though fairly soft compared to most gemstones (3.5 to 4 on the Mohs scale), it is popular for jewelry and ornaments due to its striking green colors and interesting vein patterns.

Malachite is now relatively rare, but has been found in many locations around the world. The most important deposits were once in the Ural Mountains in Russia, where 20 ton blocks once came from the quarries and were used to decorate the palaces of the Russian tsars.

Today much smaller deposits of malachite are found in Africa, in Zambia, the Congo, Namibia, and Zimbabwe; malachite also been found in Israel, England, France and in Arkansas and Arizona in the US. It has even been discovered at the famous mining district of Broken Hill in New South Wales, Australia.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, once known as Zaire, has become the most important malachite producer.

Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used malachite for jewelry and ground it to use as eye shadow. It is used in amulets to protect against the evil eye. In the Middle Ages it was used to protect children from witches and other dangers.

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