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Malachite is a copper carbonate mineral, with the formula Cu2CO3(OH)2. This green-colored mineral crystallizes in the monoclinic crystal system, and most often forms botryoidal, fibrous, or stalagmitic masses. The stone’s name derives (via Latin: molochītis, Middle French: melochite, and Middle English melochites) from Greek Μολοχίτης λίθος molochitis lithos, “mallow-green stone”, from μολόχη molōchē, variant of μαλάχη malāchē, “mallow”. The mineral was given this name due to its resemblance to the leaves of the Mallow plant.
Malachite was used as a mineral pigment in green paints from antiquity until about 1800. The pigment is moderately lightfast, very sensitive to acids and varying in color. The natural form was being replaced by its synthetic form, verditer amongst other synthetic greens. It is also used for decorative purposes, such as in the Malachite Room in the Hermitage, which features a large malachite vase. “The Tazza“, one of the largest pieces of malachite in North America and a gift from Tsar Nicholas II, stands as the focal point in the center of the room of Linda Hall Library.
Archeological evidence indicates that the mineral has been mined and smelted at Timna valley in Israel for over 3,000 years.
Malachite often results from weathering of copper ores and is often found together with azurite (Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2), goethite, and calcite. Except for its vibrant green color, the properties of malachite are similar to those of azurite and aggregates of the two minerals occur frequently. Malachite is more common than azurite and is typically associated with copper deposits around limestones, the source of the carbonate.
Large quantities of malachite have been mined in the Urals, Russia. It is found worldwide including in the Democratic Republic of Congo; Gabon; Zambia; Tsumeb, Namibia; Mexico; Broken Hill, New South Wales; Lyon, France; Timna valley, Israel, and in the Southwestern United States notably in Arizona.
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Malachite personifies the deep healing green of nature and represents the innate beauty of flowers, trees, roots and plants. It manifests a deep Devic green which rules the material plane. It is a Stone of Transformation, assisting one in changing situations and providing for spiritual growth. It heals on physical and emotional levels, drawing out impurities and stimulating the Life Force throughout the aura and body. Well known to ancient Egyptians, Malachite mines were in use between the Suez and Sinai as early as 4000 B.C. It was also popular with the ancient Greeks and Romans, for jewelry, ornaments, and in powdered form, for eye shadow. In the Middle Ages, Malachite was believed to protect against the “Evil Eye” and to cure various stomach ailments. The stone was one of the prime gemstones used for power by the upper class in Egypt, the headdresses of pharaohs were often lined with malachite, as this was said to raiser the ruler’s vibrations to a higher level and open him to wise council.
Malachite is an effective remedy for female problems, especially regulating the menstrual cycle and cramps, and for easing labor. It has been called the Midwife Stone. It resonates with the female sexual organs, and treats sexual dis-ease, especially when caused by traumatic past experiences.
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The use and healing properties of malachite
- Malachite can be used to identify the step-by-step way to get to a goal. It also helps one to accept responsibility for one’s actions and situation, helping the wearer to be more pro-active.
- Malachite has been used to aid success in business and protect against undesirable business associations. It is a stone of balance in relationships.
- Meditate with malachite and allow it to show you where dis-harmonies are within your mind, body and soul and allow it to show you how to improve them. Our bodies can tell us what we need, what we are missing and what we need to do to correct the problem, but often it is hard to be able to listen to what our bodies are saying.
- As a healing gemstone, use a malachite stone to cleanse and balance the energies of the heart, lungs and other organs. This can be accomplished by wearing a stone on a chain so it hangs near the heart and between the lungs or take a few moments to lay down, placing the gemstones over the heart area then relaxing while it does it work.
- If you normally awake each morning with stiff and sore muscles and joints? Sleep with malachite to ease the morning stiffness.
- Used since ancient times to attract money. Makes a great amulet to obtain the wealth you need and makes the perfect stone to put into Mojo bags for this very purpose.
- Can be used to clear and activate all the chakras and is the perfect stone for the heart chakras when working with color chakra therapy.
- Having cramps ? Use a small bandage to tape a malachite stone to your belly, just below the navel to help relieve these symptoms.
- Soak one or more malachite stones in a quart of pure water for at least 24 hours, then pour the water into a tub full of nice hot water. Step in, sit down and relax and allow the gemstone elixir to detoxify and purify all your organs and body.
- Wear a string of malachite beads around your neck. As your blood flows through the ring of stones, it clears impurities from the blood keeping the arteries and veins clear.
- Everyone knows the forumla for losing weight is nothing more than eating fewer calories than you burn, but that does not make it easy to make the right choices when we are constantly bombarded with food in television, magazines and even at the office party. A malachite stone makes a great gift for anyone trying to lose weight because malachite helps you make good food choices to increase weight loss.
- Whether you are the CEO of a multi-billion dollar corporation or the sole proprietor of a home business you can benefit from the power of this money colored stone. Place a gem in your cash register or display a specimen in a place of honor near your desk to bring success to businesses.
- Malachite was considered to be a talisman for children. If a piece of the stone were attached to an infant’s cradle, all evil spirits were held aloof and the child slept soundly and peacefully. In some parts of Germany, Malachite shared with Turquoise the repute of protecting the wearer from danger in falling, and also gave warning of approaching disaster by breaking into pieces
Malachite must be handled with caution!
Malachite is toxic and should be used only in its polished form. Avoid breathing its dust.