Overview

Malachite is a copper carbonate hydroxide mineral, with the formula Cu2CO3(OH)2. This opaque, green banded mineral crystallizes in the monoclinic crystal system, and most often forms botryoidally, fibrous, or stalagmite masses, in fractures and spaces, deep underground, where the water table and hydrothermal fluids provide the means for chemical precipitation. Individual crystals are rare but do occur as slender to acicular prisms. Pseudo morphs after more tabular or blocky azurite crystals also occur. Typical malachite is laminated and whether or not microbes intervene in its formation is unknown. The mineral was given this name due to its resemblance to the leaves of the Mallow plant.

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Material

Semi-Precious Stone

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Counters Walls Floors Furniture
Tables Steps Mosaics + Custom

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Also known as

  • Malochites
  • Mountain Green
  • Peudoemerald
  • Silver Peak Jade

LEGEND OF THE MALACHITE GEM STONE

Malachite was mined as early as 4000 B.C. by the ancient Egyptians, who attached it to children’s cradles to drive away evil spirits. In the middle Ages, Malachite was believed to protect against the evil eye, black magic and sorcery, and to cure various types of stomach ailments. Malachite is one of the oldest known stones, used for thousands of years for its healing and transforming properties. In ancient Egypt, Malachite was used by the upper classes as one of their main power stones, serving as a grounding force to help them channel higher energies onto the planet. The pharaohs often lined the inside of their headdresses with Malachite, believing it helped them rule wisely. It was also pulverized into a fine powder and used as a brilliant eye shadow. This green adornment was not only cosmetic; it was reported to stimulate clear vision and insight. In some parts of Germany, Malachite was believed to protect the wearer from danger in falling, and it also gave warning of approaching disaster by breaking into several pieces. In Switzerland and in several villages of Savoie in the French Alps, Malachite crosses are thought to bring good luck to pregnant women, and mothers of large families are proud to show their collections of Malachite crosses. Collectors have crosses that date back to the fifteenth century. It was believed that a piece of the stone attached to an infant’s cradle, would keep away all evil spirits and the child would sleep soundly and peacefully. The gemstone was often worn by children as a talisman, protecting them from bad dreams while giving them a greater sense of emotional security. Malachite is one the stones dedicated to Saint Francis of Assisi. The association is so great, that legend claims Malachite, held in the hand or worn as a jewel, will enable one to understand the language of the animals, and if one regularly drinks from a cup made of Malachite, it is possible to communicate with them.

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