This exquisite is made using Malachite forest pattern with the hues of green. the box made here is traditional techniques of joining edge of the gem stones only making it is a random mosaic patterns but as the bands in malachite are complex it is difficult to make out the joiners in the box.
this large box measures 10″ L X 7″ B “X 2.5” H ….. 25 L X 18 B X 6.5 H in cms.
Malachite is a copper carbonate hydroxide mineral. The stone’s name derives (via Latin:molochītis, Middle French: melochite, and Middle English melochites) from GreekΜολοχίτης λίθος molochitis lithos, “mallow-green stone”, from μολόχη molōchē, variant ofμαλάχηmalāchē, “mallow”. The mineral was given this name due to its resemblance to the leaves of the Mallow plant.
Archeological evidence indicates that the mineral has been mined and smelted to obtain copper at Timna Valley in Israel for over 3,000 years.Since then, malachite has been used as both an ornamental stone and as a gemstone.