15 March 2024


MALACHITE is a mineral that crystallizes in the monoclinic system, is a basic copper carbonate, and has a hardness around 4 on the Mohs scale.

Its name comes from the Greek malaché, mauve, and perhaps from the low hardness malakos, tender. Malachite is an opaque stone. Its color is green, zoned, light green, emerald green, and black green, and the concentric ring streaks are called "peacock's eye." In the past, it served as a pigment for the preparation of typical malachite green, and reduced to powder was used in eye cosmetics.

The most important origins are: Soviet Union (Urals), Africa (Zaire, Zambia, Namibia), United States (Arizona), Australia.

Malachite is sensitive to heat, acids, ammonia and immersion in hot water.

Its round, mamelike shapes evoke beauty and fertility, and caused it to be used as a good luck charm for love in the Middle Ages.

In crystal therapy it is used to remove a negativity weighing on the heart, to remove a harm suffered or self-made due to guilt, and to restore an energetic balance.

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