This spotted green, malleable stone is believed to take its name either from the Greek malakhê (the mallow plant) or from the Greek malachos meaning “soft”. Once cut, it reveals a concentric pattern of light and dark layers. First used by ancient populations in Asia Minor and the Egyptian deserts, jewelers particularly appreciate its beauty. Malachite has been worn as a talisman or used in powdered form as eye make up, to cure nausea, and as a green pigment for artists. Basic carbonate of copper hydrate. Hardness: 3.5 to 4. Cyprus, Russia, Congo.