Description: Malachite belongs to the great family of carbonates. More precisely, it is a copper carbonate mineral. It can be found in copper mines spread all over the world, in Africa, Australia, Arizona in the USA, the Urals in Russia, Italy and even in France near Lyon in Chessy-Les-Mines and in the Var to Cap Garonne. In its raw state, it fascinates by its tormented relief and its Amazonian forest color. After polishing, concentric rings, light or dark ribbons reveal all the mysterious beauty of the stone. The green meanders of malachite have amazed us since the dawn of time.
Characteristics: When found in big blocks, malachite has a medium hardness. Is hardness has been rated between 3.5 and 4 onto the Moh’s scale. This stone is also highly soluble into acid. Translucent or opaque, it has a beautiful brightness and a wide variety of aspects. Most often its concretionary texture gives it an irregular appearance; It can also form in stalactites. Sometimes the crystals radiate from the center and constitute a very fascinating star group. On other specimens, you can observe clearly the strata of increments which draw concentric circles similar to the tree rings.
The green color of malachite is characterized by a strong clear, dark or even black veining which makes it very recognizable. Monochrome samples are rare, the smallest ones can be and the identification becomes less easy because there are many other minerals of this color. In addition to the precious emerald, we can mention jade, epidote, serpentine, aventurine, agate tree, verdelite (variety of tourmaline), chrysocolla and peridot – these last two minerals were often confused with Malachite.
History: Into all civilizations and religions, malachite has been present. It has been used for millenniums, because of its cosmetically, medicinal and decorative qualities. For the Egyptians for example, death s like a new life. They used to call the place for that new life “the malachite kingdom”. Closely associated to malachite, Hator, goddess of fertility, favors all forms of life: human, animal and vegetable. She also has other skills: she encourages musical gifts and protects Sinai’s minors. The temple Sérabit El Khadem, mining sanctuary is dedicated to “Hathor, mistress of turquoise, lapis lazuli and malachite”. Malachite is also associated with the hippopotamus goddess Thouéris, protector of maternity (pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding). It therefore protects fragile women and their young children. Thoueris was very popular in Thebes and the women wore a Malachite amulet in his effigy.
In everyday life, malachite is a valuable make-up for the eyes because it cures at the same time eye infections! We found palettes of make-up dating from the pre-dynastic period (- 4000 years approximately). These small plates of grauwacke volcanic stone were used to finely crush the malachite destined for make-up.
The malachite powder also pigments the frescoes as beautiful scenes were found in the tomb of the scribe Nakht in the Theban necropolis near Luxor. In Greek antiquity, malachite is frequently used for its well-known medicinal properties, and it enjoys great popularity because it protects the most vulnerable. The children wear amulets, the fighters bracelets.
Malachite also holds a large place in artistic activities. The Greeks excel in the art of Cameo and use it very much in this particular and delicate engraving technique. In architecture, malachite decorates the columns of one of the seven wonders of the world: the temple of Artemis at Ephesus. It is difficult to imagine today the splendor of this magnificently colored edifice of perfect proportions. The temple was destroyed several times and rebuilt until its final demolition in the 5th century.
Etymology: The word comes from the Latin malachite, itself derived from ancient Greek moloche. It would be formed of words malak (mallow) and lithos (stone), amazing denomination for a green stone! The mallow in question is an abundant plant in all the countryside (Malva in Latin). It was only afterwards that his name was used to designate the color of his flowers. In fact, it would seem that the Greeks were inspired by the back of the leaves to name the mineral. Like the Romans, they consumed it fluently, so it is possible that they found a similarity.
Powers: Since the earliest times, malachite has been used in the practice of care, including pain relief. This is one of the most popular stones of modern lithotherapy.
The product of the alteration of copper, a metal indispensable to life, it has the same curative properties: anti-inflammatory properties and anti-bacterial properties. These two very important skills explain the great diversity of its indications.
Beneficial for all, Malachite is especially for women and children. Tradition dedicates malachite to the most fragile people, this constant is found in all civilizations.
Chakra: Hearth and solar plexus
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Etymology: The name of malachite comes from a greek word, malache, which designates its color, mallow, and is also the name of the mountain where malachite was first found.
Chakra: Solar plexus and hearth