If you love the colour green, then malachite crystal is a stone you want to get to know more about. It has a beautiful, rich, colour and is easily spotted thanks to the instantly recognisable swirls of lighter green found within the stones. It’s almost reminiscent of marble swirls, but can also be found in concentric circles and other flowing shapes.
These beautiful green stones are minerals that form not too far from the Earth’s surface. They were first found in Egypt and Israel around 4000 BC. Back then, they were mined extensively largely for practical uses. However, the beauty of the stone was not lost on the artists of the time, and the stone was also used in statues and jewellery in Ancient Greece and then Ancient Rome. It was also put to use in powder form as makeup.
If this gorgeous green gemstone intrigues you, keep reading to find out all about malachite crystal’s magical properties and allure.
What Is Malachite?
Malachite stone is a mineral that is based on copper carbonate. It’s first use was as an ore of copper and was mined purely as a source of the metal. 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 formed into a stalactite or coated the surface of the ground. Occasionally, malachite stone is found in crystal form and is actually translucent in colour in this form. The more typical form of the mineral is opaque and needs to be buffed and polished into the stone that is commonly known.
What Is The Meaning Of Malachite?
The exact history of the word malachite is unknown. The main theory is that it comes from the Ancient Greek word malache or malakee. These are the words used to describe the leaves of the mallow bush. This is still a popular plant that can be found across Europe, Asia and Africa.
Another Ancient Greek word that malachite could have derived from is malakos, which means soft. This theory seems less likely since the mineral stone is not malleable.
Healing Properties And Benefits Of Malachite
This stone has a number of healing properties and is well known to be beneficial as a protection stone. It can absorb negative, toxic and pollutant energies from around you and from within you. This means that you can use the stone to balance mood swings and help you to work on a positive outlook on life. It will also help to open your heart to love and positive vibes – allowing you to love more freely and take risks in life that are good for you.
Malachite is also considered a protection stone, especially for travel, and is commonly carried by those who work on aeroplanes. Miners also carry the stone for protection when they are underground working.
Another major healing property that malachite crystal carries is against female concerns. It is used to help with regulating monthly periods and the cramps that can come with your period. It can also be used to ease the pain of labour and is often called the Midwife Stone. Many believe that malachite resonates with women and their bodies, allowing them to get over discomfort or problems that they have with sex.
Which Chakra Is Malachite Stone Good For?
Malachite stone is strongly aligned to both the heart chakra and the throat chakra. This is why it can help you to love unconditionally and to accept love into your life. It can also provide you with the strength and confidence to speak your mind and improve your communication skills.
The heart chakra is responsible for your chest area, your heart and your circulatory system, meaning malachite can assist with strengthening and improving all of these. The throat chakra is responsible for the neck, the jaw, your vocal cords and your respiratory system. Malachite can therefore help your breathing and your speech, as well as assisting with relieving tension in your neck, throat and shoulders.
How To Use Malachite
Malachite should be on display – it is too beautiful not to be.
Wearing it as part of your jewellery or having it as part of your home décor will immediately help you to feel the healing properties of this stone. It is highly effective when placed in doorways because it expels negative energies from the room and prevents more from entering.
Keeping a malachite stone on your desk can help spark creativity in your work. Keeping it next to the bed can also spark creative energies in other activities. When it comes to wearing malachite, having it next to your skin is great. The vibrations from the stone will immediately and continuously interact with your body.
How To Clean And Cleanse Malachite
It’s important to recharge your healing malachite from time to time through a good cleaning and cleanse. You can clean any stones – crystal form, statues, jewellery – with some warm soapy water and a gentle cloth to rub away any impurities.
It’s best to do this at least every few weeks to keep the energy levels in the stone healthy. If you’ve had a particularly hard day, you should consider giving the stone a clean to help it help you better.
How Can You Tell If Malachite Is Real?
Unfortunately, malachite is fairly commonly faked or synthetically produced. The first thing that you should look at is the price. Real malachite is quite a bit more expensive than the fake stones. It’s not always the case, but it is a good place to start.
Then you can look at the patterns and colours within the stone itself. Real malachite isn’t uniform and has any number of swirls, waves, circles and stripes within one stone. Most manufacturers of synthetic malachite will stick to stripes because they are the easiest to reproduce.
The contrast in colours will also generally be a lot harsher and more obvious than that of the natural mineral. Naturally occurring malachite stone will softly move from light greens through to almost black greens. The synthetic stone will generally have a stark contrast of a lighter green and a darker green.
Malachite is as magical as it looks, and this green gem is a wonderful one to add to your collection, or to give as a gift to someone you love.