Crystal of the Week - Malachite

Malachite is a green veined mineral which can be found in massive form or forming stalactites. 
Psychologically it is a stone of transformation since it shows everything that hinders your spiritual growth, breaks unwanted bonds and teaches you to assume responsibilities in your life. Mentally it helps you to go to the center of the problem with intuition and understanding, besides it strengthens the capacity to process the information.
Malachite is a mineral that must be treated with caution due to its enormous power since it amplifies both positive and negative energies, it is a protective stone that cleans and activates the chakras.
For meditation you can use it in different ways on the solar plexus to balance the chakras of the heart and navel and absorb negative energies.
On the other hand to attract healing is good to carry in the left hand or on the third eye and these are the basic properties of the Malachite.
It is a very powerful stone and should only be used in its polished form and external use because it is toxic in its dusty and very poisonous condition.

History

The stone's name derives (via Latin: molochītis).The mineral was given this name due to its resemblance to the leaves of the mallow plant.

Malachite was extensively mined at the Great Orme mines in Britain 3,800 years ago using stone and bone tools. Archaeological evidence indicates that mining activity ended around 600 B.C.E with up to 1,760 tonnes of copper being produced from the mined Malachite. Large quantities of malachite have been mined in the Urals, Russia. Ural malachite is not being mined at present, but there are reports the possible discovery of new deposits of malachite in the Urals. It is found worldwide including in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,Gadon, Zambia, Tsumeb, Namibia, Mexico, Broken Hill (Australia), Lyon (France), Timna Valley (Israel), and the Southwestern USA, most notably in Arizona.
Archaeological evidence indicates that the mineral has been mined and smelted to obtain copper at Timna Valley in Israel for over 3,000 years. Since then, malachite has been used as both an ornament stone and as a gemstone.
A 17th-century Spanish superstition held that having a child wear a lozenge of malachite would help them sleep, and keep evil spirits at bay.

Related signs:

Leo, Aries, Aquarius, Virgo, Capricorn, Cancer, Taurus, Gemini, Scorpio and Sagittarius.

The Properties of Malachite:

It is a balance bridge between all the chakras, cleanses, activates and tunes in with the spiritual guide. Balances the solar plexus and the center of the heart. On the third eye activates visualization and clairvoyance, on the heart it brings balance and harmony and opens to unconditional love.

Use

Malachite was used as a mineral pigment in green paints from antiquity until about 1800. The pigment is moderately lightfast, very sensitive to acids, and varying in color. This natural form of green pigment has been replaced by its synthetic form, verditer, among other synthetic greens. Malachite is also used for decorative purposes, such as in the Malachite Room in the Hermitage Museum, which features a huge malachite vase."The Tazza", a large malachite vase, one of the largest pieces of malachite in North America and a gift from  Tsar Nicholas II, stands as the focal point in the centre of the room of Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering and Technology in Kansas City.

Malachite has also been used on the base of the  FIFA World Cup Trophy.

Occurrence

Malachite often results from the weathering of copper ores, and is often found together with azurite (Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2), goethite, and calcite. Except for its vibrant green color, the properties of malachite are similar to those of azurite and aggregates of the two minerals occur frequently. Malachite is more common than azurite and is typically associated with copper deposits around limestones, the source of the carbonate.

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