Malachite is known as a stone of transformation that has been mined and used in many art forms for a millennia. It is considered a “common ” mineral that is comprised of over 50% copper content. It often grows with azurite and chrysocolla , all of which are secondary copper minerals.
Malachite takes on several forms, as a crust, crystalline aggregates, druse, fibrous, botryoidal, stalactite and rarely as long needle shaped crystals.
The name malachite is derived from the Greek word malache (mallow) for its resemblance to mallow leaves; also named for its low hardness, malakos (soft).
Tumbled stones are perfect for keeping in your wallet, your purse, tucked into clothing, used in crystal healing layouts, in grid work, for meditation, Reiki, wire wrapping jewelry, in elixirs and kept on altars. (when making an elixir ensure that the mineral you are using is not toxic!) Note: ingesting malachite is toxic.
Fibrous malachite has a texture that reminds me of a soft forest floor.
Malachite has used for a millennia in many art forms. The Russian czars used it for intricate inlay work and wall panels, in Egypt, Greece, and Rome it was used in jewelry, amulets, made into a mineral pigment for paints and even in powdered form as an eye shadow.
It just blows me away to read about how extensively malachite has been mined. There is archaeological evidence that it was mined at the Great Orme Mines in Britain 3,800 years ago, using only stone and bone tools.
Malachite is associated with the heart chakra and the element of fire and has been used as talisman to aid in sleep, for protection, and to promote health and success.
Another little tidbit, in the Egyptian Book of the Dead it is said that the goddess of the sky “drops stars on the earth in the shape of green stones.” Such beautiful imagery.
Hope you enjoyed reading a little bit about this wondrous mineral.