(Last Updated on : 11-10-2017)
Malachite is a semi-precious gemstone
and a valuable copper
ore named Hydrous Copper Carbonate. It is responsible for the green colour of tarnished copper and bronze. Because of its distinctive bright green colour and its presence in the weathered zone of nearly all copper deposits, malachite serves as a prospecting guide for that metal. Malachite has been used as an ornamental stone. Malachite is the anniversary gemstone for the 13th year of marriage
Origin of Malachite
Malachite has been used as a gemstone
and sculptural material for thousands of years and is still popular today. Malachite derives its name from Greek word malakos that means soft. According to another theory the word malachite comes from Greek word malhe which means grass. The Greeks often associated Malachite with the Goddess Venus.
Appearance of Malachite
Malachite is a beautiful green earth stone with irregular black banding. It is easily recognized by its colour, green streak and silky or velvety lustre. This gemstone is fragile. Malachite should be protected from scratches and sharp blows. Large temperature changes should always be avoided.
Colour of Malachite
Malachite is always green, usually in banded tones varying from very dark green to a mellow green. The vivid green colour, bright polished lustre, banding and eyes of malachite make it very popular as a gemstone.
Varieties of Malachite
Varieties of malachite contain special combinations with other minerals
. Such combinations are some of the most colourful mineral assortments in the mineral world.
Benefits of Malachite
Malachite has been used medicinally in many cultures for thousands of years. Malachite cut into a triangular shape was believed to provide the bearer with protection against the Evil Eye and draws love to the bearer. Malachite brings harmony into ones life. Malachite brings fidelity in love and friendship. It brings tolerance, flexibility, patience and stabilizing influence. It is a stone that is used for maintaining balance in relationships.
Malachite is believed to be a strong protector of children from evil spirits and witches. It may bring prosperity to the wearer. Sometimes it is called as the Businessmans Stone. Malachite has been used to aid success in business and protect against undesirable business associations. It is also said to protect the wearer from accidents and protects travellers.