Lebanese designer Nayla Arida's fine jewelry collection is a playful and colorful look at the natural world.
Malachite, a copper carbonite hydroxide mineral, was first mined in Egypt and Israel over 4000 years ago to produce copper metal. Later, deposits found in the Ural Mountains of Russia produced some of the finest gem quality specimens. Examples of Russian lapidary work can be seen in Fabergé: The Art of Presentation. Today most malachite is mined and worked in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.