ETYMOLOGY:  It comes from the greek malache = mallow (mauve like the leaves of this plant), also of greek malakos = soft (for its low hardness).



CLASS MINERAL: Carbonates.


HARDNESS: 3.5 - 4 on the Mohs scale.

FIELDS: Zaire, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Romania, Russia, Middle East, Chile.


MINERALOGY: Malachite is a secondary source in the oxidation zone of copper deposits, through the action of carbonated water that break rock copper, is translucent in thin discs, and opaque in other cases, the coloring substance is the copper crystals are rare, dominated by massive and fibrous aggregates with small crystals, the malachite is sensitive to heat and acids, ammonia, are presented in rounded nodules clustered as pineapple.


MYTHOLOGY: In the Urals is devoted to Mrs. Copper Mountain, was a personification of Venus, whose contradictory because sometimes luck and other misfortune was the miners who extracted the malachite. Malachite was considered a stone of women in different cultures so this mineral was dedicated to a goddess: Egypt: the goddess Hathor, Europe = Freya, the ancient Venus / Aphrodite. In the Middle Ages it knew that malachite relieves menstrual pains and facilitates the birth, so today it is known as a stone of midwives.


PROPERTIES: It is said that malachite promotes sense of aesthetics, sensuality and beauty, friendship and justice, removes inhibitions and stimulates the expression of feelings is an important protective stone, easily absorbed negative energies, is a stone of transformation, it urges us to be more adventurous, to take risks, promotes imagination and determination.


CHAKRASSpleen, heart.

ZODIAC SIGN: Sagittarius.

USES: Jewellery, collection, meditation, copper ore in the mining industry, such as ornamental stone, to obtain green pigment.

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