The Meaning of Malachite Stone
Malachite is considered “The Stone of Transformation.” It get’s this identity from its ability to be particularly helpful when it comes to undergoing major life changes or starting a new project or goal. Malachite’s name comes from the Greek word malakos, which means “soft.”
Malachite is often used to protect against negative energy, and is also used to inspire creativity and enhance intuitive abilities. It is also used to align one’s path with life’s synchronicities, and has power over coincidence. It has been used throughout history to line the carvings of churches, to paint Egyptian tombs, and even in art as pigment. Malachite dust was even used as eye shadow, and in Czarist Russia it was used to decorate cathedrals.
Malachite Metaphysical Properties
Interestingly enough, it is believed malachite will sometimes break into pieces to warn of immediate danger. Malachite amplifies emotions, both good and bad, so be very careful when wearing Malachite while in a sour mood – you will be made more miserable.
Some malachite comes with unique light green bands that can sometimes form an eye-shaped design. These are called “eye stones” and are especially potent when it comes to amplifying visions and creating wards of protection. Malachite also has the ability to create a psychic barrier of protection that can conceal you from negative energies.
The Healing Power of Malachite Stone*
As its lively green color suggests, Malachite embodies the energies of natural healing, spiritual growth and renewal. It is also used in crystal healing to help with digestion, heal muscle injuries, make labor and childbirth easier and help with heart problems.
Interesting Facts About Malachite
Malachite is somewhat brittle, and doesn’t lend itself to being faceted, so it is often easiest cut into cabochons.
Malachite stone has a hardness of only 3 ½ on the Mohs scale.
Zaire produces the best quality malachite, but the stone can be found in other parts of the world such as Romania and the Congo.
Malachite usually grows in conjunction with other minerals, most commonly Azurite. In fact, malachite and azurite banded together in one stone is usually called azure-malachite.
Malachite is actually a by-product of copper, created when other chemicals alter the composition of copper.
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Is Malachite Toxic?
Malachite can be toxic and the dust can cause difficulty breathing among other complications. The stone can be worn down by fluids, such as sweat and moisture. Seeing as malachite is soft and can wear away with relative ease, take care to not wear it in jewelry that you will have on for a prolonged periods of time or that will have constant contact with the skin.
When grinding malachite, make sure it is wet and wear a protective mask, to help lessen the odds you will ingest the dust. Smokers are especially sensitive to malachite dust. If it is being inhaled by a smoker, the smoke will taste unusually sweet. This is a consequence of the copper oxide in malachite mixing with moisture in the mouth. This combination becomes saccharin.
Malachite and the Chakras
Malachite aligns with the Heart Chakra and the Solar Plexus Chakra. The Heart Chakra is where the physical and spiritual meet, and to have an open heart chakra is to be full of love, empathy and understanding. The Solar Plexus Chakra is the chakra where our sense of purpose originates, and at the heart of our self-esteem.
Malachite generates harmony in the Heart Chakra, making it easier to remain positive and to keep emotions balanced. It also helps shed light on one’s own short comings and impending pitfalls. In terms of its connection to the Solar Plexus Chakra, malachite can help increase willpower and confidence.
Malachite Frequently Asked Questions
- Is Malachite a crystal?
Malachite crystals are usually bright green, although there are malachite specimens that are not crystals. They are usually opaque and dull, with an earthy appearance.
- Where is Malachite found in the United States?
While Malachite is predominately found in Russia, Zaire, and Australia, Malachite can be found in United States locations such as Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico.
- Is Malachite toxic?
Malachite dust can be toxic if inhaled, so caution should be practiced when drilling or carving the stone.
- How is Malachite formed?
Malachite is actually a by-product of copper, created when other chemicals alter the composition of copper. Malachite usually grows in conjunction with other minerals, most commonly Azurite. In fact, malachite and azurite banded together in one stone is usually called azure-malachite.
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