Malachite is a vivid green mineral of calcium carbonate. When polished, the bands and rosettes in shades of green are spectacular and very distinctive.
Usually found with azurite, which is blue, malachite has a nobbly surface. Intergrown banded azurite and malachite is found in Chessy near Lyons, France and is called chessylite.
Malachite is found in Romania, Zanbia, Congo, Russia and areas of the middle east.