Malachite derives its name from the Greek word "mallow"meaning, a green herb. Its banded light and dark green designs are one-of-a-kind, and gives it a unique ornamental quality. Malachite is sometimes coated with colorless wax, oil, or hardening agents to increase its durability and enhance its appearance. Malachite's fine acicular crusts and tufts are very popular that appear as a mat of thin hairs or as a carpet of green velvet. Malachite is found with many rare copper silicates, halides, phosphates, sulfates and carbonates such as duftite, libethenite, aurichalcite, sphaerocobaltite, kolwezite, shattuckite, atacamite, mixite, cornetite and much more.