Geology - History

Malachite’s name derives from the Greek molochitis lithos, "mallow-green stone", given this name due to its resemblance to the leaves of the Mallow plant. Malachite is a Copper carbonate hydroxide mineral, which generally results from weathering of copper ores & often found together with Azurite Goethite & Calcite.

This green banded mineral crystallizes in the monoclinic crystal system. Most commonly forming botryoidal, fibrous or stalagmitic masses in fractures & spaces deep underground. Growth occurs where the water table & hydrothermal fluids provide the means for chemical precipitation. Individual crystals are rare & occur as slender to acicular prisms. Pseudomorphs can occur after more tabular or blocky azurite crystals.

The properties of malachite are similar to those of azurite & aggregates of the two minerals occur frequently. Malachite is more common than azurite & is typically associated with copper deposits around limestones, the source of the carbonate.

Large quantities of malachite have been mined in the UralsRussia. It is found worldwide most notably in Arizona. Archeological evidence indicates that the mineral has been mined & smelted at Timna Valley in Israel for over 3,000 years. Malachite has been used as both an ornamental stone & as a gemstone.

Metaphysical Properties

The Green Dragon stone of transformation & endless possibility. This stone harbors intense magic capable of manifesting great things. Within lies powerful healing, purifying, cleansing & manifestation. Malachite must be respected when used magically, especially when releasing the Dragon. The Dragon within is benevolent & will work only to the highest good.

Focus heart energy into this stone & the secrets of creation are at your fingertips. Excellent for release & ritual work. Reduces stress, breaks down the need for answers & brings understanding. Powerful energy conductor which removes negative energies & unblocks your spiritual path.

Provides strong protection absorbing pollutants, plutonium, radiation & clears EMF’s. Malachite resonates with the heart, throat & crown chakras. It also expands & heals the entire auric field detaching all energy attachments. Particularly good for breaking curses.

Crystal Healing

Arthritis, insomnia, stress, child birth, Stress headaches, heart & all pain

Mineralogy

Group: Carbonate Mineral

Crystal System: Monoclinic - prismatic

Composition: Cu2CO3(OH)2

Form/Habit: Massive, Botryoidal, stalactitic. Crystals are acicular to tabular prismatic

Hardness: 3.5-4

Cleavage: Perfect on {201} fair on {010

Fracture: Subconchoidal to uneven

Lustre:  Adamantine to vitreous; silky if fibrous; dull to earthy if massive

Streak: Light green

Specific Gravity: 3.6 - 4

Transparency: Translucent to opaque

R.I: nα = 1.655 nβ = 1.875 nγ = 1.909

Colour: Bright green, dark green, blackish green, commonly banded in masses; green to yellowish green in transmitted light.