During antiquity, Malachite stone was reduced to powder and was used in various iconographic paintings. The metallic pigment of which it is made up of has a very high sensitivity to acids as well as to light. Its predominant green is as a result of its copper content. In Russia, Malachite stone has been used by Tsars throughout history as a decorative stone. In St. Petersburg, St. Isaac’s Cathedral can attest to this with its iconostasis.
Romans believed that malachite stone possessed lightning protective virtues. As such, they strongly recommended that children wear an amulet or a malachite pendant to protect themselves.
Today, malachite stone is used to make jewels such as malachite necklaces but also malachite bracelets. This semiprecious stone is used for creating ornaments. It is not uncommon to see it embedded in objects, columns, cups, tables, etc. In addition, it is common today to find its use in cosmetics. Malachite also offers its detoxifying and antioxidant properties.
From its Latin name ‘malachites’ meaning ‘through’ and ancient Greek ‘malakhé’ meaning ‘malva’, Malachite stone was named thus due to its strong resemblance to the green of Malva leaves. It is possible to find malachite under the following names: green copper carbonate, green copper, green chrysocolla, etc.
Malachite stone belongs to the carbonate group. Its hardness varies between 3.5 and 4 on the Mohs scale, making it a soft stone. Malachite must be handled with care as it is very fragile and sensitive to heat and liquid substances. Malachite stone reacts to hydrochloric acid by effervescence. It is a stone that is substantially soluble in water loaded with carbon dioxide.
The primary deposits of Malachite stone are found in Australia, Brazil, Chile, the Congo, the United States, France, Israel, Rhodesia, Russia and Zaire.
Malachite stone is a natural stone that reassures and boosts confidence. It strengthens the persuasive capacities of the wearer, offering structured, poised and concise discourse. One of malachite’s primary properties is of protection. This stone both strongly increases positive energy and absorbs negative energies. It protects in this manner.
Malachite stone is frequently used at the level of the heart chakra to rejuvenate the soul’s balance. It fosters body balance and opens the heart. Malachite also has the ability to predict whether or not we are compatible with a person. It soothes anxieties and fears in favour of compassion, discernment and wholeness.
Finally, for those who are hyperactive or for magnetists, malachite can absorb excess energy. It is therefore perfect for rebalancing body energy.