Mad for Malachite

With its rich green hues and sumptuous motif, malachite has long been used in adornment and decor to add a touch of elegance to a room and its wearer. Take Tony Duquette’s Hollywood home Dawnridge for example (see my post about his amazing abode here) – filled to the brim with this lush green stone, Duquette also commissioned rugs and fabrics made in the likeness of malachite’s undulating patterns.

Contemporary design maven Kelly Wearstler also takes inspiration from this fascinating stone. A number of her interiors have malachite fittings or objects strewn throughout.

Malachite has made a comeback as a material that adds an element of richness and opulence. The original inspiration comes from 19th century St. Petersburg at the height of elegance for the Russian court. One of the most spectacular rooms in the Winter Palace was the Malachite Room, the drawing room for Alexandra Feodorovna, the wife of Tsar Nicholas II, the last emperor of the Russian Empire.

The room features pilasters, columns and mantel pieces in malachite set against white walls. Vases and other artifacts in malachite were also placed throughout the room. Today, as part of the State Hermitage Museum, the room receives tens of thousands of visitors a year. Another breathtaking architectural wonder fitted with this impressive stone is St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg (the world’s fourth largest cathedral.)

 

I’ve always been drawn to this copper-rich stone. Perhaps it’s the crispness of the color that draws my eye to it. Or maybe it’s the special patterns in it that read to me like eruptions or explosions. Something about malachite has a hold on my attention every time I see it. We got our hands on some gorgeous Zaire malachite rough material a few months ago and J has been busy cutting and polishing them to perfection. Enjoy! xx- Bex

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