Malachite is a beautiful, green-banded stone which is an altered form of copper. It is a secondary mineral of copper. Malachite occurs when copper reacts with carbonated water or limestone. More water in the copper makes the green lighter; less water in the copper makes the green darker. The black bands of Malachite are ones that formed without water. Prospectors will know that there is a copper deposit if they see Malachite first, since this crystallizes near the Earth’s surface.
The weathered green you see on copper roofs is a form of Malachite. Bronze objects partially or wholly converted into malachite have been found at ancient Assyrian sites. Heating Malachite in hot fire reduces it back to copper, which lead to the search for similar crystals to turn into metal and Metallurgy, the working of metals. When crushed, Malachite was popularly used for its green pigment as eye coloring and paint in ancient times.
Malachite is a 3.5 - 4 on Mohs Scale of Hardness, a relatively soft stone, easily scratched. It is the same hardness as Calcite or Fluorite. Protect it from temperature changes & prolonged sunshine.
Democratic Republic of Congo is a popular country for Malachite, but it is also found in many other places around the world like Zaire, Namibia, S. Australia, Morocco, Mexico, England, Arizona, France and Russia. The Ural Mountains of Russia produced an impressive amount of Malachite which can be seen in the St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St Petersburg formed into massive Malachite pillars!
Surface Color: Bright Green
Streak Color: (can vary from surface color, this is the color of the crystals’ powdered minerals): Pale Green
Group: Carbonate (all Carbonates contain 1 Carbon ion surrounded by 3 Oxygen Ions. They then string on other ions to create their own crystal structure. Malachite adds on Copper and Water ions to form itself)
Cleavage (where the crystal breaks off naturally to form a new face, parallel to its structure. This is a clean break and can cleave over and over again along the same face, retaining the crystals structure): Perfect
Fracture (where you break the crystal not on a natural cleavage): Subconchoidal (Not as curved as Conchoidal. Conchoidal is a clam-like fracture which looks like broken glass) to Uneven/Brittle
Luster: Adamantine (very gemmy) to Silky to Dull
Tenacity: Brittle (little resistance to breakage)
Transparency: Translucent (allows light through the crystal but not fully transparent) to Opaque (no light can enter)
Crystal System: Crystals rarely form in Malachite, but then they do they are Monoclinic (3 axis of unequal length).
Crystal Habit: Aggregate formation where groups of crystals grow together but are not easily distinguishable from each other like in a cluster: Botryoidal (like a bunch of grapes, a rounded mass of crystals), Encrusting (thin crust of Malachite over a host rock), Massive (just a chunk of Malachite, the individual growth to hard to see), Radiating (distinct crystals growing out from a common point), Stalactitic (hangs from caves as Stalactites, forms from the evaporation of dripping water full of minerals)
- Malachite is also known as the POWER STONE.
- It has a strong, aggressive energy, effective in releasing trapped emotions and bringing change to those who are ready for it
- Working with Malachite can be a draining experience as it clears out your aura of negative experiences.
- Malachite breaks unwanted ties and bad habits
- It helps you to become more independent and responsible for your own actions
- It releases inhibitions and encourages expressing feelings
- Malachite releases psychosomatic problems developed in this life or past lives.
- It restores our ability to breathe deeply (great for people with asthma)
- You may want to counter the energy of Malachite with gentle energies of soothing stones like Rose Quartz and Aventurine.
- Malachite enhances negative and positive energies, so it is only recommended for use on mellow, yin energy people or in balance with a softer stone
- For those who are balanced, confident , optimistic, Malachite will increase these energies
- Place over swollen joints, aching muscles.
- Drink as an elixir or make a gem spray for those with tumors.
NOTES: Cleaning – do not use salt which will scratch the surface. Do not use water if there is a polish on the surface.
Malachite dust can be toxic if inhaled in excess.
Do not drink gem elixirs used from the raw material.
It may cause slight heart palpitations, if you are feeling uncomfortable, remove it immediately and replace it with a gentler stone.
From “Crystal Therapy” by Doreen Virtue & Judith Lukomski
“Recall the sustenance and source of love with me. I serve as a key to heart awareness, ready to assist you in the journey of discovering and experiencing oneness in all ways. Complete and perfect in individual form, no two of my stones are alike, and in that uniqueness you’ll find the beauty of acceptance. Learn here to accentuate that which makes you distinctive, along with the grace of knowing that you’re also part of the one life essence, for although we all appear different at first glance, the commonalities of our hearts are evident. I’m here to help magnify this power of love in your life, so invite me to join you in meditation so that I may amplify your intention to heal on all levels and across all directions of time and movement, opening you to receive the gifts of universal support and love.”
Besides being attracted to the beautiful banded look of Malachite, I have used it by placing it on my heart. I am not as open to crystal energies as many healers, so I was pleasantly surprised that I could feel the thumping of the stone in my aura. It was not powerful for my energies, so I did not have to counter it with Rose Quartz, but others who were doing the layout were grateful for the softer energies to balance out the “power stone”. I can see why Malachite can have such a draining effect as it removes emotional blockages from our Hearts.
I have also used it after my first session of Martial Arts, when I came home with swollen wrist and bruised knee. I slipped a natural piece of Malachite into my sweater sleeve to hold it over my wrist and another in my pants leg over the knee (you can also use surgical tape). I held the Malachite and could feel the pain collecting into the stone. After a good night’s rest, I could not longer feel the pain on my knee, although the bruise remained and my wrist could move normally!
Natural Malachite is relatively pricey in Jewelry. Because it is such an attractive stone, you will often find imitation Malachite, which has very uniform black and white patterns. At I Dig Crystals, we only use genuine Malachite for our jewelry pieces.