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The name malachite comes from the ancient Greek “malaikhé” which translates as “mauve”. This is not the name of the color mauve, but of the plant called “mauve”, (a plant which has magnificent, relatively soft green leaves).

Another hypothesis indicates that the origin of the name malachite comes from the Greek “Malachos” which means “soft” in reference to the tenderness of the stone. It is often this interpretation that is retained.

Malachite belongs to the large family of carbonates. This stone is in fact a true hydrated copper carbonate. It has a hardness of 4 on the Mohs scale, which makes it a soft stone. Working with it in jewelry requires skill to avoid breaking or scratching it.

This stone is easily recognized thanks to its green, more or less dark, more or less light, dotted with light veins, or on the contrary black. Its green color results from the presence of copper. More rarely, malachite sometimes takes the form of prismatic crystals.

Stories and legends

Unlike many stones, malachite has many stories, legends and myths to its credit. The first uses of malachite date back to at least 4,000 BC. We can say that its history dates back to the dawn of time. For millennia, malachite has been used by many civilizations for therapeutic, medicinal, cosmetic and decorative purposes.

In ancient Egyptian times, the venerable green stone was the symbol of rebirth, eternal youth and good health. For the Egyptians, death was the sign of new life. They even name the afterlife as the realm of malachite.

Egyptian women wore malachite as an amulet bearing the image of Thouéris, protective goddess of motherhood. On a daily basis, malachite is crushed and used as cosmetics (eye shadow), while being known to relieve eye infections.

The ancient Greeks considered malachite a protective stone with many medicinal properties. Fighters wore it as an amulet in war. The Greeks also discovered the delicate and careful engraving of malachite cameos. Then, malachite was widely used in the creation of ornamentation on facades, living rooms and corridors. The Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, one of the seven wonders of the world, is decorated with malachite.

In Roman civilization, malachite was often confused with chrysocolla. However, Pliny the Elder (23 AD - 79 AD), famous naturalist, described it perfectly in his encyclopedia Natural Histories. The Romans offered malachite in the form of pendants to children to protect them from lightning in the event of a storm.

In the Middle Ages, curious abilities were attributed to malachite, notably that of understanding animals! However, Jean de Mandeville (beginning of the century - 1372), famous explorer, described malachite and attributed the same virtues to it: protection of children against bad luck, against enemies' wounds and against certain diseases.

At this time, malachite, imported from the Middle East, was reduced to powder, then used to tint icons, wall frescoes and illuminations green.

Nowadays, many creations in malachite are visible throughout the world. In the United States, in 1819, the French sculptor Pierre-Philippe Thomire created the bronze ornamentation of the Demidof Vase in malachite veneer, 1.71 m high.

In France, there is even the malachite salon at the Château du Grand Trianon in Versailles. Most ornamental malachite objects, visible in museums and castles, come from Russian malachite deposits, notably those from the Ural mines.

The deposits

The main deposits are located in Congo, Australia, Canada, Germany, Mexico, etc.

The benefits of malachite in lithotherapy

Its psychological benefits

Malachite, with its green color, restores energy and vitality. In spring, nature reveals greens of all shades, from light green to dark green. Spring symbolizes renewal. This green color of malachite brings hope and serenity. It helps combat stress and anxiety.

Wearing malachite gives vitality and energy. It makes you want to have projects and carry them out. It allows you to overcome the difficulties of life. This stone is a real moral support.

It encourages change and improves connections with others. It allows you to open up to others, to strengthen compassion and empathy. The person demonstrates listening and understanding. The dialogues and relationships are of quality.

Malachite improves the power of persuasion by providing clear, concise and structured speech. It also helps develop self-confidence and self-esteem. This stone radiates powerful positive waves.

Placed in a bedroom, it helps chase away dark thoughts and generates restorative and soothing sleep. It fights effectively against states of intense sadness.

Its physical benefits

Malachite helps release emotional and affective blockages buried by our psyche throughout our lives. Thus, anxieties, fears and fears are overcome and evacuated.

Malachite makes you want to drink plenty of water during the day. This promotes the elimination and proper functioning of the solar plexus chakra.

Malachite is known to promote the proper circulation of bodily fluids. It is also said to be effective against motion sickness.

Malachite and associated astrological signs

Malachite has powerful regenerative properties for all natives of the zodiac. However, some astrological signs are more receptive than others. This is the case for the following signs:

  • Taurus: symbol of earth, fertility and stubbornness. This sign represents loyalty, possessiveness and tenacity. Wearing a malachite brings well-being and serenity. This sign is reliable and realistic. He is very stubborn and it is almost impossible to change his mind. He is materialistic, likes to own land and real estate. He shows great generosity with those around him. We talk about abundance and luxury. He loves parties and pleasures. He has strong ideas. Very balanced, he knows exactly what he wants in life. He is said to be loyal and honest and his word is gold. In love, he is very tactile and he likes to caress. His sensuality makes him an excellent lover. He is looking for the love of his life. When he found it, he was very faithful and quickly wanted to start a family;

  • Scorpio: symbol of death, transformations and instinct. This sign represents mystery, sexual desire and passion. Wearing a malachite strengthens one's qualities of listening and understanding towards others. He has the ability to psychologically identify his interlocutor and can go as far as manipulation. He has a taste for success and he is a formidable opponent. Nothing and no one resists him. He can become sadistic, display violence and tyranny. He does not forgive betrayals and his revenge is terrible. He is a mysterious person, difficult to pin down. He hides his affectionate and tender nature under a rather cold exterior. Determined, he always finishes what he starts. In case of disagreement, it is better to abandon the game, because he is not giving up anything. In love, he is passionate and magnetic. It hypnotizes its prey. He needs to possess them completely. He seeks to merge with his partner. Once all the experiences are completed, he stabilizes and looks for the love of his life;

  • Capricorn: symbol of ambition, will and perseverance. This sign represents maturity, wisdom and social ascension. Wearing a malachite helps soothe it and fight against negative emotions. This sign is organized and very methodical. He shows maturity relatively early. He knows exactly what he wants to do in life and does everything possible to achieve his goals. He is a hard worker and he does not count his hours to satisfy his superiors. He needs professional recognition. It is very secretive and does not reveal itself easily. We can sometimes call him psychorigid. But beneath his mask of coldness, he hides his hypersensitivity. In love, he is very self-conscious and does not trust. He can't let go. He is uncomfortable during displays of affection. Sometimes he gives up certain relationships in order to avoid suffering. Over the years, he gains confidence and can finally consider building a lasting relationship.

Malachite and the chakras

Malachite contributes to the balance of the throat chakra. This chakra is located on the seventh cervical vertebra. This balanced throat chakra provides good speech and a harmonious voice. The speech is clear, precise and easy to understand. The person communicates very well with those around him. She listens to others with great empathy and compassion. She is very serene.

The unbalanced throat chakra, too open, causes lack of self-confidence. The person is ironic and drowns those around him in a flood of words. His speech is incomprehensible. She can become aggressive and mean.

Blocked throat chakra stops expression and creates fear of being judged. The person prefers to remain silent. If she speaks out, she can be rude and vulgar. She is shy, self-conscious and nervous. She tends to stammer.

The maintenance, purification and recharge of malachite

In its natural environment, malachite purifies and recharges with the help of the elements around it. But since her extraction, she can no longer do it. Also, as soon as it arrives at your home, carry out the following operations. Repeat these actions for the maintenance of your stone approximately once a month.

Avoid putting your stone in contact with water or salt. Purify it either using fumigation with white sage, or in a Tibetan bowl, or with the technique of burying it in the ground for about a week.

Recharge it in the rays of the moon (avoid full moon days and sunlight). You can also place it on a quartz cluster or on an amethyst geode for 24 hours.

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