The Jasper Called Malachite

The jasper called Malachite is one of the most beautiful jaspers in the world.  Malachite is a banded semi-precious stone with wonderful green hues.  Malachite is composed of copper carbonate hydroxide.  It gets its warm colors from the element copper.

Rough Malachite

Rough Malachite

It has been found in Russia; Timna Valley, Israel; Zimbabwe; Broken Hill, New South Wales; Tsumeb, Namibia; England; Lyon, France; the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Zambia; Mexico; Arizona and Arkansas in the United States.  There is archeological proof that malachite has been mined at Timna Valley in Israel for more than 3,000 years.

Malachite has also been found as a semi-permanent pigment in Egyptian tomb paintings and European paintings in the 15th and 16th century.  Malachite is very possibly the oldest green pigment known.

While not a hard stone, it scores 3.5-4.0 on Moh’s hardness scale, it takes a wonderful polish.

Major uses for Malachite are jewelry and ornamental stone, such as vases and sculptures, emblems, electronics, ammunition, autos, coins, and more.

Search For Michigan Gemstones

I wanted to share my search for Michigan gemstones with all of you.  My goal was to search for Leland Blue Stones, Petoskey Stones and beach glass.

beachview

Lake Michigan in the Spring is beautiful!  The beaches are so fresh and clean from all the Winter storms.  Many Lake ‘icebergs’ were still hanging around.

Lake Michigan 'Icebergs'

Lake Michigan ‘Icebergs’

Zebra mussel shells had collected in mass at certain areas along the water’s edge. Unfortunately, these are not native to the Lake and are quite destructive to the Lake’s natural ecosystem.

Zebra Mussel Shells

Zebra Mussel Shells

Our first day on the beach lasted approximately three minutes!  The wind was gusting at 30 mph.  It didn’t matter that we had thermal underwear, parkas, scarfs, mittens, etc.!  It cut right through us!  My husband beat me back to the car and took this ‘lovely’ pic of me!

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!

Two days later we were able to walk the beach and search for nature’s treasures.  I found some beautiful fossils but not what I was searching for.  Was I disappointed?  Absolutely not!  Viewing Lake Michigan’s beauty was prize enough!  I now have an excuse to vacation on Lake Michigan again!

Identifying Petoskey Stones From Other Fossil Corals

I thought I would stop the confusion about identifying Petoskey Stones from other Fossil Corals.  If can be quite confusing, especially if you do not know what the identifying differences are.  I personally love these gifts from nature!  They make unique and beautiful custom jewelry.

Petoskey Lapis Coral Sterling Bracelet

Petoskey Lapis Coral Sterling Bracelet

First off, Petoskey Stones are found on the northern shores of Michigan.  They are fragments of the Devonian Period coral reefs.  Petoskey Stones are fossilized coral (flower animals) that lived 350 million years ago.

The most unique feature of the Petoskey Stone is that they have a light or dark ‘eye’ in each cell of the coral.  These ‘eyes’ can be either small or large.  Other corals do not have these ‘eyes’.  Colors vary from light tan or gray to darker hues of brown.  Due to the fact that Petoskey Stones actually started out red in color, you might be able to find a stone with some red in it!

Close up of Petoskey Stone Pattern

Close up of Petoskey Stone Pattern

Happy Hunting!!