Everything you need to know about Malachite.
Malachite is a copper Carbonate Hydroxide mineral, historically used to produce copper metal. Malachite has the chemical composition of Cu2(CO3)(OH)2. It scores 3.5-4.0 on the Mohs scale, which is relatively soft, and because of this, some gemstone collectors will treat the Malachite gemstones with a layer of resin or wax to add extra hardness and protection.
Malachite is recognised for its striking green colour ranging from pastel green to bright green and ending at the dark green spectrum. The green colour comes from the copper oxidising in the air because the mineral forms close to the surface of the Earth. It is generally found in caverns and caves where the mineral has developed into a stalactite or coated.
Never place a broken Malachite stone, raw natural stone, or one not entirely sealed directly on the skin.
This mineral may cause slight heart palpitations in some people due to intense energy. If you find it has this effect on you, remove it immediately.
Do not inhale or ingest malachite particles in whatever situation (rough or polished). Malachite can release copper-ridden fumes when it becomes wet so that you can be at risk without the proper protection.
Malachite is one of the most readily faked crystals around, and it can be confusing at first to know which is the real version and which are fakes. Many sellers label their jewellery or crystals as 'natural' when offering synthetic Malachite.
The first thing to generally look for is
- Pricing Real Malachite is not cheap, but the synthetic or reconstituted versions tend to be. This isn't the case for everything, but it's a good starting point.
- Colours and patterns Real Malachite comes in a gorgeous assortment of swirls, waves, rings and stripes, whereas the fake versions tend to stick to the stripes as these are the easiest to achieve. The colours in real Malachite are all shades of green, from soft, light and pale greens to very dark greens.
- Synthetic Malachite will often be medium green and black, with harsh contrast between the lines. They also tend to be more uniform, whereas real Malachites won't have a repeating pattern.
- Weight Malachite has a slight weight due to the high copper content. Synthetic malachite is usually created from resin mould or clay. They feel 'hollow' and light.
- Reconstituted This malachite is usually from broken or more minor chips that cannot be used; they typically appear in polished items such as tumble stones, cabochons and smaller polished shapes for a low price. The best way to identify this pattern is to look very inconsistent and change drastic colours.
Malachite best combines with:
- Copper or Tiger Eye: To boost the powers and enhance the energy of the Malachite.
- Rose Quartz: These two work well together because the pink stone is soft and light, whereas the green is intense and relentless. Where Rose Quartz gently soothes, Malachite pounds and pushes. Both stones attract love for the self and from those around you.
- Black Tourmaline: Excellent for relieving pain. These healing crystals' soothing energy is excellent for headaches.
- Smoky Quartz: Pair these 2 for foot pain.
- Pink Tourmaline, Green Tourmaline or Morganite: Combine it with other heart chakra stones to accentuate its specific heart-based energy.
- Element: Earth
- Planet: Venus
- Zodiac: Libra, Scorpio, Capricorn
- Birthstone: April-May
- Chakras: Heart, Throat
Malachite has been around for thousands of years, dating as far back as 3000 B.C. in ancient Egypt. Egyptians used Malachites as talismans because of their protective powers.
It’s found in many countries and is considered to be quite common. Malachite can be mined in the USA, Chile, South Africa, Australia, Romania, Russia, Zaire, and the Congo.
The name is derived from the Greek word ‘malakos’, meaning soft. But there’s nothing soft or weak about this stone, also known as the mirror of the soul!
In the Middle Ages, Malachite jewellery was worn to protect people from the evil eye and cure various stomach ailments.
Malachite is the heart opener; it works on the heart chakra through multi-dimensions. This is why malachite is often approached with caution, as it brings all our dark energy and traumas to the surface for healing. Not only is it multi-dimensional through the heart, malachite accesses other realms for spiritual development and communication. When working with regular malachite, you and malachite can connect for spiritual guidance. It has a divine connection to mother earth and all of nature. When this is accessed to the full potential, it is evident that you can unlock spiritual wisdom.
Unbeknownst to many, Malachite is a spiritual intensifier. It can generate various ideas for its bearer. The plethora of energy that Malachite shares with its bearer enhance attributes like grounding, purity, and integrity. Can hold the powers of scrying; if you are working dimensionally, then using malachite for this work will assist your desired outcome.
Malachite is an excellent purging stone for the spirit. The oddity seen in the patterns of this gemstone emanates its power to cleanse the soul. On the other hand, its greenness symbolises regenerative properties for the spirit. It is known as the stone of 'Transformation'. If you want to shift significant changes within yourself and life, then malachite is the energy to work with. When it comes to the spiritual health of a person, Malachite means vitality and longevity. Its vibration is still evolving to aid the new star-seeds of the earth, to accelerate through each individuals timeline healing.
It’s a stone known to keep blood pressure low; its calming nature certainly helps this. Malachite also works in harmony with the bones, encouraging quick healing for broken bones, torn muscles, and problems with the joints.
Thanks to its strong feminine energy, Malachite is also a stone that lends a hand to period problems like menstrual cramps and makes the body flow in better harmony when it comes to labour pains. It has earned its other name as the Midwife Stone.
Malachite is a fantastic stone at helping diminish fears, not just in an emotional way but also in helping the body deal with the pounding heart and sweats that can accompany resistance to change and phobias. This is perhaps how Malachite also earned its reputation as a talisman for travellers, particularly those who fear stepping on aeroplanes or who suffer from travel sickness. Excellent tool to diminish radiation.
Malachite is all about flushing out toxic emotions, clearing away unwanted energies, and ensuring that those negative vibes stay 6 feet away at all times. It gives you courage, wisdom, and the ability to spot and say no to all kinds of emotional blackmail. It’s a stone that sends a warning bell when things aren’t as they seem, which in turn grants you the inner strength and confidence you need to know that no matter what, this stone will teach you how to have your own back without the paranoia.
Malachite is all about giving you the capacity to embrace change. It’s also known as the Stone of Transformation. Malachite gives you a daily dose of courage, invites you to step out of your comfort zone, and serves as a reminder to move forward in life; there are some things you may need to leave behind. It does this without letting go of empathy or losing balance but somehow keeps you centred, calm, and able to approach emotional decisions with ease and grace.
We work with established and ethically sourced miners from Congo. Where our malachite is only sourced. The company travels throughout the South of Africa to source the finest minerals. Whilst supporting the local miners and landowners. Their staff and team are trained to care and respect nature, mother earth and are trading fairly. The company supports Africa's living lifestyle and is very generous to give back to the communities. They are very conscious about the un-safety measures of crime within the mining circle and are always under the protection of the company.
None of our suppliers works with children under age. It is illegal in most countries now to mine with children; the businesses we work with comply and are registered under the Ethical sourcing conduct.