This deep and beautiful stone is mined from several parts of the world, the main areas being Africa, Russia and Mexico. It is a stone of higher value on the market, so it comes as no surprise that it is also one that is heavily faked!
I've seen so many fakes online that it can really put you off buying it all together out of fear you are tricked, especially when buying online. Even as a seller of crystals for 7 years, there's certain crystals that I avoided stocking in my earlier years, because even I would worry that I'd be bringing fake crystals to my lovely customers.
Now there are quite a few ways to spot a fake but the two easiest ways whens shopping online is to look at the colour and pattern!
Malachite, as you know, is a green stone with gorgeous patterns. These patterns will always be shades of green. If you look at the image above, this fake malachite has black in the pattern, unlike the image of one of the hearts that I have below, the darker part of the pattern is still green
The second way to spot a fake is the actual pattern, malachite has a circular pattern that is really random, parts will vary in thickness. Even when the cut of the malachite disguises its circular pattern, you can still tell by how the lines can almost blend at the edges. This fake malachite below shows how uniform and clean the edges are when it is man made, the more you look at it, the more you it actually looks like a crafted piece!
Also if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is!
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