Ever since Pantone declared Emerald Green to be the color of the year for 2013, we have been seeing lots of green in home furnishings. With it, the bright, green opague pattern of malachite has been popping up in unexpected places. True malachite is a copper carbonate hydroxide mineral that is found in veins and in association with copper deposits. Large quantities have been mined in Russia, and it is found worldwide -- in Africa, France, Israel, Mexico, and even the US, most notably in Arizona. Malachite has been used as a pigment in paints but now it is used primarily for jewelry and decorative purposes. To learn interesting facts about malachite, from Enchanted Gems, click here.
Generally what we see in home furnishings is not the mineral, but rather faux malachite where the patterns of malachite are painted to resemble the real thing.
At Maitland-Smith, we are no exception. We introduced a new decorative box last month at the October market with a beautiful painted malachite pattern. A custom cast brass accent adds the finishing touch.
The green of malachite is is eye-catching and certainly dramatic. To add a pop of green to your decor, you may wish to consider a fabulous, faux malachite accessory piece or two.
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