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Encourage risk-taking and change.

Take responsibility for your destiny. 

Open your heart to unconditional love.

Live more intensely and beautifully.

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Healing Properties of Malachite

Spiritual: Malachite has a bold energy which ignites within us a desire for positive personal transformation and adventure. It helps us to recognize our own gifts and to honor our dreams by doing whatever is necessary to make them a reality. Malachite amplifies our energy and can be used to explore other worlds, both external and internal, allowing us to gain important insights and open our hearts to the power of unconditional love. Malachite encourages us to take more risks and be bold, while also offering us psychic and environmental protection. It grounds and calms our energetic body and cleanses the Chakras. It also amplifies nature affinities and attracts devas and other nature spirits and guides. Malachite is attuned to the Solar Plexus and Heart Chakras and linked to the astrological sign of Scorpio, Capricorn. It is connected to the element of Fire and vibrates to the number 9.

Emotional: Malachite helps us to be more confident and friendly. It opens our hearts to love, and is especially helpful for anyone who has been hurt by a previous romantic relationship and is afraid to love again. Malachite shows us that love is awesome and being wide-open to love doesn’t mean we are also inviting in pain and future injury. It helps remove the trauma of emotional pain and disentangles it from the beautiful reality of love. Being around Malachite, we feel our emotions much more intensely, however Malachite also helps us to see these emotions clearly and understand their root cause. Malachite blasts through victim/abuser mentality, forcing us to be honest with ourselves and others, and to make the necessary changes so we can live peacefully and happily. It is a particularly good stone for anyone who is shy and afraid of confrontation. Malachite teaches us to claim our rightful place in the world and to love boldly without reserve.

Mental: Malachite awakens within us a thirst for knowledge. It helps us to quickly understand new concepts and to absorb and remember new information. Malachite helps us to make quick, good decisions and act decisively. When needed, Malachite also helps us to speak up and voice necessary criticism and to stand-up in the name of justice and compassion. It also helps us to be better observers and more appreciative of aesthetics and beauty. Malachite is very helpful to artists and other creative types who have an abundance of ideas, but struggle to act upon them or finish projects. Malachite encourages creative passion and provides grounding so that we further explore our ideas and use our powers constructively.

Physical: Malachite is said to reduce inflammation throughout the body and is believed to be particularly good for treating arthritis, rheumatism and cramps. It is used by metaphysical healers to heal the sexual organs and sexual problems, and to facilitate a quick and relatively easy childbirth. It is also used to support overall vitality in the physical body. Malachite is believed to be exceptionally good for the liver and so is commonly used in detoxes and other cleanses.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing. 

Mineralogy of Malachite

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Raw Malachite, Kolwezi, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of Congo

Mineral Family: Carbonites

Chemical Composition: Cu2 CO3(Oh)2
Cleavage: Perfect
Color: Light-to-black-green, banded
Crystal System: Monoclinic
Form/Habit: Massive, botryoidal
Fracture: Subconchoidal to uneven, brittle
Gravity: 3.25-4.1
Hardness: 3.5-4
Luminescence: None
Luster: Vitreous (glassy)
Streak: Green
Transparency: Opaque (common) Translucent (rare)

Location: The largest and most important Malachite deposit is in the Congo and Zaire. Additional large Malachite deposits are located in Australia, Chile, China France, Morocco, Namibia, Russia, United States (Arizona), and Zimbabwe. Malachite is found in small deposits in Copper mines worldwide.

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Malachite “stains” – Freshwater Bag, Newfoundland, Canada

Mineral Family: Malachite is a Carbonate mineral. Carbonates are an important part of the Earth’s crust and are found in sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks. Carbonates are minerals which contain the carbonate group CO3 as their basic structural unit. They form in a trigonal system with one Carbon atom centrally located between 3 Oxygen atoms. While there are over 70 types of Carbonate minerals, the most common are Dolomite, Siderite, and Calcite. It is closely related to Aragonite, Azurite, Calcite, Magnesite and Rhodochrosite.

Formation: Malachite is formed through a secondary process in the oxidation zone of Copper. Copper typically forms as a sulphide, which oxidizes when exposed to water. If that water also contains carbonic acid, it dissolves the Copper and forms new compounds, including green Malachite and blue Azurite.

Mining: Typically mined in Copper quarries and in relationship to their primary stone. Malachite be found as rounded nodules, stalactites, and, rarely, encrusted slabs. Because the brilliant green of Malachite is often visible on the surface of Copper deposits, Malachite “stains” are often the first indicator to a prospector that they have found a new Copper deposit or vein.

Enhancements: All Malachites are natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: MalachiteMalachite Stain

History of Malachite

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Malachite has long historical traditions, dating back to the very dawn of history. As such it was included in virtually all ancient, medieval, and modern lapidaries, texts describing gemstones and their powers. Malachite’s name comes from the Greek “mallow,” the name of a common plant whose leafy color is similar to the stone.

Malachite was first mined in the Sinai, near the modern day Suez Canal, as early as 5000 BCE. This brilliant green stone is relatively soft and can be carved easily or crumbled into a powder and mixed with water, oil, or wax to produce green paint. Malachite was very highly prized among the ancient Egyptians, who used it for cosmetics, specifically eyeliner, as well as using it in paintings and for pottery glazes and colored glass. The Egyptians carved Malachite into amulets and decorative items, with well-known powers. Malachite was believed to protect the owner from evil, to help infants sleep quietly, and to keep poisonous animals away. Such was the high esteem of Malachite in ancient Egypt that it was also linked to the gods, specifically the sun god Horus. Malachite was the “Green bed of the Sun” or “Horus on his green.” The dwelling place of the gods was occasionally described as being “near Malachite lake(s).”

Malachite’s reputation as a protective and healing stone remained strong throughout the ancient and medieval eras. In various medicinal texts and lapidaries, Malachite was recommended to stop fainting spells, prevent hernias, soothe colic in babies, and relieve muscle spasms and cardiac pains. In the 1502 Speculum Lapidar, the author, Italian physician Camillus Leonardus, strongly recommended that Malachite be hung from cradles to protect the infant from both physical and spiritual harm. Malachite is often found with bands, stripes and loops in varying shades of green, occasionally forming natural “eyes.” These Malachite eyes are particularly prized throughout the Mediterranean world, where they have been used for centuries to keep the “Evil Eye” at bay.

Malachite PillarsDuring the 19th century a huge deposit of Malachite was found in the Ural Mountains of Russia. Giant slabs, weighting as much as 56 tons for a single block, were extracted and sold to Western Europe or kept to decorate the palaces and churches of Mother Russia. Some of the great “crystal wonders of the world” include Malachite from this deposit. For example, the Malachite pillars found inside St. Issac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg. Construction on this enormous church began in 1818 and continued for almost 40 years, and among the interior decorations are over 16 varieties of Marble and Granite, as well as huge quantities of Lapis Lazuli. However, the most impressive aspect of the Cathedral is the eight massive Malachite pillars flanking icons painted on the wall behind the altar.

Malachite RoomSimilarly impressive is the so-called “Malachite Room” in the Winter Palace of St. Petersburg, designed during the same period as St. Issac’s Cathedral. The room was intended to be a drawing room for Empress Alexandra Feodorovna (also called Charlotte of Prussia, 1825-1860), the wife of Czar Nicolas I. Her private room features pilasters, columns, mantelpieces, doors, and sumptuous vases all carved from Malachite. White walls, golden gilt decorations and crimson curtains tied the rest of the room together in an opulent show of wealth and power.

Today, the finest Malachite comes from the Copper mines of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In recent decades, the DRC’s mining industry has been closely linked to rebel groups who sell or tax the “conflict minerals” (mostly tin, tungsten, and gold) and use the profits to destabilize the region. In 2010, the United States passed the Dood Frank Act which among other things required minerals from the DRC to be labeled accordingly and come with paperwork showing what steps were taken to ensure that the minerals did not fund paramilitary groups. Since the Act passed, the DRC’s international mineral exports have fallen by more than half. The drop is so large that many of the large mines in the Eastern Congo have since been declared “conflict free” by political leaders.

Photos: MallowSt. Issac’s CathedralMalachite Room

Ethically Sourced Malachite

 

 

The Miners tumble and polish their own stock.

The Miners sells directly to Moonrise Crystals. 

Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.

 

 

 

 

 

The Supply Chain

The Supply Chain is exceptionally short and clean.

The Mine and Lapidary are located in the same country.

The Mine and Lapidary are owned by the same family.

 

 

The Mine

This Malachite comes from a small family-owned mine in southern Peru.  

It causes only minor environmental damage and has safe conditions for workers. 

Learn More: Ethical Mining

 

The Lapidary

This Malachite was polished in Lima, Peru.    

The business is owned by a pair of brothers, one manages the mine, while the other manages the lapidary.

Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.

The business is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary

 

Sourcing Relationship

I first met the owner of the mine and lapidary in 2014 at the Gem and Mineral Show in Tucson, Arizona.  At that time, he was set up with a single table and the only major Gem Show he attended was in Tucson.  While most lapidaries sell their tumbled stone in pre-packaged bags by the pound or kilo, this seller allowed me to cherry pick through his stock and buy only the best.  Since then, his spot in Tucson has expanded to four tables under a tent and he now sells at two of the major European shows.  It has been fun to watch our businesses grow.     

In 2018, I asked the owner if he would be willing to help connect me with a rural school in Peru near his mine.  I told him that I wanted to “give back” to the communities that provided these beautiful crystals.  He was pleased by my request and later that year introduced me to the principle of a suitable Peruvian school.  We hope to begin supporting this school in the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Safe Handling of Malachite

Malachite Tumbled Stone

Color: Green.  This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.

Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger

Weight: 1 oz

Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days.  International First Class averages 2-3 weeks. 

Malachite & Toxicity

In many books and websites about healing crystals there are references to Malachite being a toxic gem.  Some sources will say it’s dangerous in elixirs or to wear as jewelry.  Oftentimes, people are cautioned to keep it away from children and pets.  Depending on the source, the danger level may change depending on whether the Malachite is rough/raw vs polished, as well as whether it’s wet or dry.

 

So how toxic is it in reality? 

 

Malachite is a copper-derived mineral.  Chemically speaking, there’s nothing particularly toxic about it.  Copper is the main metal used in water pipes which means we are exposed to copper-water on a routine basis.  Alternative medicine often touts the many benefits of wearing copper bracelets with the intention of absorbing copper particles through the skin.  This is purported to be an antidote to copper deficiency in the body.  Malachite is a secondary mineral formed directly out of Copper.

Malachite’s main danger is to miners and polishers who may find themselves exposed to fine Malachite-dust.  Dust, from any mineral, will irritate the lungs and long-term exposure can cause serious problems.  The finer and lighter the dust, the easier it is to breath in.  As a result, polishers tend to be at greater risk than miners.

In good lapidaries, polishers will wear protective masks to guard against dust in the air.  In addition, the polishing discs are kept wet so that most of the dust sticks to it, rather than going into the air.  However, Malachite-dust will leech copper particles into the water, which can then be absorbed through the skin.  After a few hours polishing Malachite, workers have reported a metallic taste on their tongue like they were sucking on a penny.  Long-term exposure will lead to a build-up of copper in the body, which can potentially pose a threat to the liver.

So what should you do to stay safe when handling Malachite as a healing crystal?

 

Honestly? Don’t worry about it.  As long as you don’t smash it into dust and breath it in, you’ll be okay.  🙂

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