PHOTO ALBUMS: Malachite: Ural Gems (Two Volume Set: Volume 1: Poetics of Stone; Volume 2: Chronicles, Documents, Commentaries)
Title: Malachite: Ural Gems (Two Volume Set: Volume 1: Poetics of Stone; Volume 2: Chronicles, Documents, Commentaries)
Author: V.B. Semyonov
Publisher: Sverdlovsk, Mid-Urals Publishing House (1987)
Language: English, Russian
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Gemstones from Russia’s Ural Mountains have fueled many fairytales and legends. But now, beautiful tales are all that’s left of the once-rich gemstone mines, with most precious stones now imported to the region from abroad.
First accounts of rich precious stone deposits in the area are date back to late seventeenth and early eighteenth century. For several centuries, regional capital Yekaterinburg took advantage of the mineral wealth of the Urals.
Ural gemstones are surrounded by mystery stories and beautiful legends. The most famous is one about the Mistress of Copper Mountain, who hides precious stones in the entrails of the Earth.
But in the twentieth century, local industry focused on mining metals like beryllium, which has nearly put an end to the production of malachite, emerald and other gemstones in the area.
The region, however, still has craftsmen that spend their working lives creating masterpieces from precious stones.
There are still thought to be enormous deposits of gems within the Urals. Maybe one day Yekaterinburg will regain its fame as the gemstone capital of Russia.
Malachite is a talisman for children. Color: light green, bright green, emerald green, turquoise, dark green. Mineral water copper carbonate. Malachite, copper green, or malachite green, is a fairly fragile mineral (CuOH)2CO3, chemical name basic copper carbonate. Malachite is easily decomposed by acids. It “boils” from the released carbon dioxide CO, even in lemon juice, not to mention acetic acid CH3COOH, which makes malachite a acetate of copper. Chemical formula: (Zion)2CO3+ SSSOON = 2Cu(CH3COO)2+ CO2 ^ + SNO. Origin of name: Named from the Greek for “malakos” – “soft”. According to another version, the name malachite is received from the Greek word “Malchus”, which means “grass”. Compliance with the sign of the Zodiac: Libra. It is recommended to purchase the twenty-seventh day of the lunar month. From the history of the stone. Malachite mines were developed in Egypt over 4,000 years BC It was used for the preparation of cosmetic and eye ointments. In Ancient Rome malachite carved baby charms. In Russia the eighteenth century, malachite was considered a precious stone, it was made into small decorative objects and jewelry, including buttons. After the discovery in the thirties of the nineteenth century large chunks of stone malachite were used for finishing of large-size products, so in St. Isaac’s Cathedral are lined with the pillars of the altar, and in the Winter Palace the malachite decorated with malachite and George halls. Malachite is considered the “Russian stone”. His fame began in 1635 with the opening of the Ural malachite mines. The local population Chud malachite was known 3,000 years before that time. Lush green tones of mineral in various combination with pale green, turquoise and the finest threads almost black are inexpressible charm of products from malachite. It is especially good when set into gold or bronze. In ancient times malachite print was famous for the clarity of its prints. It was believed that amulets made of malachite protect against the dangers of small children. If you believe the legends, malachite can make a man invisible, and he who drinks from the Cup of malachite, able to understand the language of animals. Made from malachite fireplaces and walls of the malachite hall of the Hermitage, at the altar columns of St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Malachite deposits in the Urals, which once enjoyed international acclaim, now almost completely abandoned. Medicinal properties: Helps with nervous exhaustion, toothache, tics, convulsions and convulsive conditions, curing melancholy. Useful when the tendency to allergic reactions. poisoning. Helps with cardiovascular diseases, asthma, rheumatism, fever, infectious diseases (cholera), sepsis, liver diseases and biliary tract – acute and chronic, jaundice. Mystical properties: malachite is a magical stone with a very strong energy, contributes to emotional excitability, establishes harmony and love, can attract to its owner the curiosity and morbid interest. Is a childish mascot, warning, fright, cramps and toothache. Localities: Ural