Malachite is beautiful, rich green copper carbonate hydroxide mineral that has been mined and smelted in Israel for more than 3,000 years. It has also been found in Russia, Gabon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia, Zambia, Tsumeb, Mexico, New South Wales, France, and the southwestern United States. At deposit sites, malachite is commonly found along with goethite, calcite, and azurite where copper ores have been weathered. It exhibits a monoclinic crystal system, a translucent to opaque diaphaneity, a Moh’s scale hardness of 3.5 to 4, a specific gravity of 3.6 to 4, and a range of possibilities for luster depending on the type of specimen (massive, fibrous, etc.). Malachite has been used as a source of pigment, as a gemstone, and as an ornamental stone. Several famous decorative vases have been made of malachite. It is important to note that malachite should only be handled in its finished, polished form, as it is a toxic substance. Its dust should not be breathed in.
On a metaphysical level, malachite represents the deep healing green of Mother Earth and the beauty we see in nature every day. It is also a stone of transformation and protection. It is supposed to protect us from negative energies and pollution. Wearers and carriers are advised to keep them near televisions, microwaves, or in the workplace. It may guard against electromagnetic pollution, radiation, negative e-mails or phone calls, over bright lighting, noise pollution and other damaging rays. It might come in handy in particular if you are a secretary, miner, or airline worker, as it is said to promote clear thinking and protection from accidents. If you get nervous when you have to travel, keeping a specimen of malachite with you might help to ease your nerves. It is supposed to encourage safe and smooth travel whether by car or airplane. Just hold the malachite before you leave for your trip, to empower it, and you will have an amulet of protection as a traveling partner. It is also called a stone of “transformation” because it may allow you to see and break blockages that stand in the way of your spiritual growth, and encourages emotional risk-taking and change.
Malachite is said to emit physical healing energies, as well. It is sometimes referred to as the “midwife stone,” as it is often used to regulate the menstrual cycle and PMS symptoms (such as cramps), ease labor, and treat sexual disease. It is also believed to provide healing benefits for those suffering from malaria, cold sweats, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatic pain, intestinal disease, asthma, gall and kidney stones, high blood pressure, vertigo and motion sickness, epilepsy, broken bones and torn muscles, growths or tumors, swollen joints, or a weak or compromised immune system. If you have a liver that it not functioning properly, the presence of malachite may help stimulate it to release harmful toxins.