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As decorative objects, jewelry, gemstones or a natural emerald pigment for your paint palette, malachite has many uses, all of them delightful to the eye. The crystal itself is semiprecious with a price tag to match, but with today's technology and a little creative trompe l'oeil, you can easily work some of this gorgeous green into your own home via fabric, candles and creative DIY projects. Another reason all that's green is good? Pantone heralded 2013 the year of the color emerald, so the shade and stone are on the brain and everywhere. — Lani from Mon Petit Chou Chou
Malachite really makes a statement in this living room by Amanda Nisbet. Gorgeous green accents pop against the neutral backdrop and yellow shades. The unique details make this space.
L'Objet Malachite Candle
This L'Objet candle from Williams-Sonoma would make a lovely luxe housewarming gift. Better yet, the recipients are sure to think warmly of you every time they light the exotic candle.
Tony Duquette Malachite Rug
Tony Duquette, an American artist with talent to spare, favored malachite in his jewelry designs and extensively in his own home decor. Today, you can scoop up his signature fabric in many forms, perhaps the most unique is this malachite pattern carpet.
Tony Duquette Belvedere 'Malachite' Chair
Duquette's original pieces are highly collectable and very expensive. Here is a handsome example from 1stdibs. Why not create your own by reupholstering an old settee or chair at a fraction of the cost?
Christian Dior Gaudron-Malachite Green Dinner Plate - $41.99
Dior originally created this malachite-rimmed china. It has been discontinued and is now available for replacement only. I am going to lobby for a reissue!
Rectangle Fan Placemat, Malachite
This malachite placemat from Dransfield & Ross was inspired by the geode craze of the 1970s. I would use it as a place setting for some chic decanters and shakers.
Bombay Chest, Faux Malachite Finish
This Bombay chest in a faux malachite finish is a pricey offering from antique site 1stdibs. It caught my eye as a perfect DIY project for an old dresser in need of a face-lift.
Fornasetti Malachite Wallpaper
Fabled Italian creators of cool, Fornasetti, bring malachite walls to the masses. I would use a bold color and print like this in a bath or on an accent wall. Jaw-dropping.
Who needs a headboard? I adore this accent wall from Carlyn And Company Interiors + Design. It could be easily recreated with wallpaper or a wall decal.
Malachite Mineral Peel-and-Stick Wall Decal - $29.99
Exhibit 1: This malachite wall decal via Amazon is only $39.99, a bargain take on this designer trend.
Made Goods Jade Tray
This pretty pair by Made Goods is actually polished clamshell made to look like malachite. Though not exactly a bargain, it's still a fraction of what actual malachite would be.
Marbled Pillow, Malachite - $68
The marbled, malachite-esque pattern of this pillow would take a lounger from drab to fab. I like using color in my accents, making it easy to change up from time to time.
Billy Finial - $75
The Billy lamp finial is made of a thin slab of gorgeous malachite and edged in brass. A luxe lamp topper like this would really dress up my simple living room lamps.
Rectangle Malachite Box - $595
Why not store your precious trinkets in a precious box? This container is the real malachite deal — a splurge to be sure, but a gift that won't be forgotten.
Hexagon Malachite Box - $179
Step down in size, and the malachite box becomes a bit more affordable, and this one comes in an even more interesting shape. Imagine stacking a few of them together? Now that would be an indulgence.
Rondo Table, Malachite
The Rondo table is a beauty! I have a coffee table in this shape with a white marble top, and can confirm that the shape and style work everywhere.
Filed under the totally outlandish is this $100,000 Teti Malachite Baldi bathtub. It also comes with 24-karat gold feet, of course.
Dransfield & Ross Strada Soap Dispenser, Malachite - $250
Upgrade your existing vanity with this Dransfield & Ross Strada soap dispenser.
Malachite Pull, Medium - $650
Each of these malachite pulls is naturally shaped and individually mounted on a setting that is handmade. I would love to dress up a nightstand with something like this — though my husband would likely divorce me if I splurged on these.
More is More Luxury Author's Edition Boxed Set - $550
This luxury author's edition of More is More by Tony Duquette is bound in a printed malachite finish, an homage to the man who put malachite on the map.
Egads! Look at all these lovely emerald accents! I have been pining for malachite curtains (or Roman blinds) for ages. I totally need to copy this bold use of the print by Sally Wheat Interiors.
Malakos Malachite Fabric - $45.90
I heart pretty much all things DwellStudio, including this emerald Malakos Malachite fabric (part of a collaboration with Robert Allen). I wonder if I can talk my mother-in-law into a new curtain project?
Gemstone Fabric - $648.09
Of course, here is the namesake Tony Duquette gemstone fabric from Jim Thompson. Though the DwellStudio material rings in at a healthier price point, for some projects, only the original will do! Maybe some day when I invest in a couple of design-worthy antique chairs that need to be refinished — a girl can dream.
Brixton Wing Chair, Malachite Linen - $1,595
This is a decidedly modern take on the classic wing chair. In an unexpected malachite linen with glossy white lacquered legs, it's the perfect bold perch.
Faux Malachite Ice Bucket - $175
This vintage (faux) malachite ice bucket is definitely the classiest cooler I've ever seen. It makes me thirsty for a cocktail. It's 5 o'clock somewhere, right?
Beautiful Natural Malachite Specimen by The Stones & Bones Collection - $400
Equally beautiful in its raw form, this malachite specimen via Etsy weighs in at an impressive 10 pounds. Perfect paperweight material.