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Malachite spiritual qualities, its uses and history



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Malachite spiritual qualities, its uses and history

What is Malachite?

Malachite has been used as a crystal gemstone working material, for artists, artisans, craftsmen and sculptors to create amazing art works for many, many thousands of years and is still just as popular today. In current times, it is often cut-up into smaller sections and pieces such as cabochons for rings, necklaces and other fine jewellery, or beads for more general jewellery craft-work.

Malachite has a magical, full spectrum of green colours that don't  fade over time or if exposed to light meant those specific properties, and its ability to be easily ground down to a very fine powder, made malachite a preferred colouring pigment and colouring agent throughout history over many thousands of years by Greeks, Romans, Persians and Egyptians even into recent times in the 15th -19th centuries used by famous painters across Europe and beyond

 Where Does Malachite Form?

Malachite is a mineral that forms at shallow depths within the Earth, in the oxidising zone above copper deposits.  It precipitates from descending solutions in fractures, caverns, cavities, and the inter-granular spaces of porous rock. 

It often forms within limestone where a subsurface chemical environment favourable for the formation of carbonate minerals can occur. Associated minerals include azurite, bornite, calcite, chalcopyrite, copper, cuprite, and a variety of iron oxides.

Some of the first malachite deposits to be exploited were located in Egypt and Israel. Over 4000 years ago, they were mined and used to produce copper. Material from these deposits was also used to produce gemstones, sculptures, and pigments.

 Several large deposits in the Ural Mountains of Russia were aggressively mined, and they supplied abundant gem and sculptural material in the 1800s. Very little is produced from these deposits today. Much of the malachite entering the lapidary market today is from deposits in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Smaller amounts are produced in Australia, France, and Arizona.

Malachite, with its beautiful, rich green colour, leaves no doubt of its importance as a jewel. Its opaque strength and power demands respect, mesmerizing the viewer. Yet the movement, flow and energy in its lines, circles and designs soothe and welcome. It is spiritually inviting.

Malachite personifies the deep healing green of nature and represents the innate beauty of flowers, trees, roots and plants.  It manifests a deep Devic green which rules the material plane. It is a Stone of Transformation, assisting one in changing situations and providing for spiritual growth. It heals on physical and emotional levels, drawing out impurities and stimulating the Life Force throughout the aura and body.

The name Malachite may come from the Greek word malakee, or malache, signifying the resemblance of Mallow leaves, or from the Greek word malakos, meaning soft.Being a carbonate of copper, 

Malachite is sometimes intergrown with Azurite, forming Malachite-Azurite, or with Chrysocolla, forming Malachite-Chrysocolla.

Well known to ancient Egyptians, Malachite mines were in use between the Suez and Sinai as early as 4000 B.C.

It was also popular with the ancient Greeks and Romans, for jewellery, ornaments, and in powdered form, for eye shadow. In the Middle Ages, Malachite was believed to protect against the "Evil Eye" and to cure various stomach ailments. 

Russian czars used Malachite for ornaments and panelling for their castles, and intricate inlay work.

Inherent in Malachite is lighter green eye-shaped forms or bands on its surface. 

These "eye stones," believed to enhance great visionary powers, were used to ward off negative happenings. They were stones of security and protection for children, and their most remarkable association today is the ability to warn of impending danger by breaking into pieces.

Uses of crystals Malachite Uses and Purposes......

Malachite is a protection stone, absorbing negative energies and pollutants from the atmosphere and from the body. 

It guards against radiation of all kinds, clears electromagnetic pollution and heals earth energies. 

Keep near microwaves in the kitchen and televisions in living areas. In the workplace Malachite protects against noise, over-bright fluorescent lighting, and harmful rays from technological equipment, negative phone calls and emails.

As a stone of travel, Malachite protects and overcomes fears of flying if you empower the crystal before a trip by holding it and envisioning yourself in the wings of the Archangel, Raphael. It helps with jet lag, encourages smooth business travel, and protects in travel on congested highways. 

Malachite is known for being a stone of support for aeroplane and airline workers as a protection against accidents, miners for protection from unexplained accidents, and for secretaries, PAs, team support personnel to stimulate clear thinking. 

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