is a favorite stone of many for the beauty of its one-of-a-kind banded designs
of light to dark green color. Because
of its colorful designs it is easily recognizable.
It's name is thought to have been derived from the Greek word "malache"
meaning "mallow" (a green herb), or possibly from the Greek word for
"soft" which is "malakos".
Either way, it's name would be very fitting, not only from its obvious
green hues, but because Malachite is also a very soft stone.
It is fragile and easily scratched or chipped, and sometimes may becomes
dull over time through handling.
green color comes from the copper contained within the stone, and the presence
of water is what affects the various shades of greens - the more water in the
copper, the lighter the green...whereas the less water it contains, the darker
the green will appear. Although its
massive carvable forms are well known, Malachite's crystalline forms are much
rarer and only recently becoming widely available to the average mineral
collector. One of its more unique
habits is its fine acicular crusts and tufts, at times appearing as a mat of
thin hairs or as a carpet of green velvet. Another unusual habit is its
is a chemical twin of Azurite, and can form from Azurite as it oxidizes.
Because of this, the two stones are commonly found side by side, and
sometimes melding into one another.
is sensitive to acid, heat and hot waters, and ammonia.
A polished specimen will become dull when washed in water and should also
never be washed with acids or any product containing ammonia.
If you attempt to cut or carve Malachite, beware because the dust of the
stone is highly toxic.
Cu2(CO3)(OH)2, Copper Carbonate Hydroxide.
Banding or swirls of light and dark green, or (if crystalline), just dark
Dull in massive forms; Silky as crystals.
System: Monoclinic; 2/m.
Habit: Massive forms are botryoidal,
stalactitic or globular. Crystals are acicular or fibrous and form in tufts and
encrustations. Frequently found as
pseudomorphs of Azurite.
Good in one direction but rarely seen.
Conchoidal to splintery.
3.5 - 4.
Gravity: 3.9+ (slightly heavy).
Characteristics: Weakly effervesces in acid.
Occurrences: Shaba, Congo (Zaire); Tsumeb, Nambia; Ural mountains, Russia;
Chile; Mexico; Australia; England; Arizona, U.S.
Field Indicators: Color banding or swirls, softness, associations and reactions
As mineral specimens; a minor ore of copper; ornamental; pigment;
Malachite began as early as 4000 BC by ancient Egyptians.
It was ground into powder and worn as eye makeup as far back as 3000 BC. This very same powder pigment is used by painters under the
name of "mountain green." Malachite
has been dubbed "The Magic Stone" for it is said to bring good luck,
safe travel, and protection. It is
also believed to bring good health, success, and constancy of affection.
In the Middle ages, malachite was worn to protect from black magic and
sorcery. In Ancient Greece amulets for children were made of
malachite. In the New Stone Age
came the discovery of the possibility of extracting certain metals from the ores
in which they generally occur. Probably
the first such material to be used was malachite, then already in use as a
cosmetic and easily reduced to copper in a strong fire.
It is impossible to be precise about the time and place of this
discovery, but its consequences were tremendous.
Namely it led to the search for other metallic ores and to the
development of metallurgy.
is associated with the powerful love goddesses, who could be either benign or
vengeful — one being Our Lady of the Mountains, worshipped in central Russia.
This goddess was associated with the Roman goddess Venus, who, if
appeased, would protect the miners from harm.
Freya, the Norse goddess of love and beauty, was another associated with
the beauty of Malachite.
is used as a powerful stone for protective magick, especially if traveling by
air or on busy roadways. It is also
good for amplifying wishes, and can be used in prosperity magick.
is believed that by gazing or holding Malachite it will relax the nervous system
and calm emotional upsets, bringing a sense of peace and harmony.
is the anniversary gemstone for the 13th year of marriage.
and good fortune.
especially for children and for travel.
path for transformation.
physical aid in treating: Heart or lungs; emotional problems; migraines.
Aids in regenerating on a cellular level.
Stone therapy should NOT take the place of medical evaluation and
procedures, and should be used merely to enhance one's health and well-being.
viewing the aid of the different stones that correspond to the different Chakras,
and whereas the lower Chakra stones of Black Tourmaline which helps you first
find the silence in darkness needed to recognize the first spark...of Bloodstone
which helps you connect with Ancestral wisdom and knowledge...of Carnelian which
energizes and throws passion into the spark...of Aragonite that awakens you to
all the possibilities of your new-found knowledge... and then of Citrine giving
you the energy, strength and willpower to move the spark into the physical
realm, while Gold Tiger's Eye gives you the courage and confidence to begin
manifestation... I've found all these things work from a very personal and inner
level. But now here comes
Malachite. And Malachite's most
wondrous gift is that it helps you *trust* and bring out into the open all those
gut feelings emanating from the lower Chakras!
It is when the gut feeling is first felt with the heart.
And it is at that time that the heart will begin to bring it outside of
does the balancing act. Being known
as the "Stone of Transformation" or the "Stone of
Protection," it can offer you the combined efforts of keeping you safe
during the process of transformation and during the first steps in manifesting
your deepest needs and desires.
stone has a very strong and feminine feel to it.
It is the power behind the throne stone.
Illustrated Directory of Healing Crystals" ~ Cassandra Eason
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