Malachite is a popular, intense green, mineral. It is often beautifully banded and shows best when polished.
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Composition: Copper carbonate
Streak: Light green
Hardness: 3.5 – 4
Crystal System: Monoclinic
Transparency: Opaque, although translucent in thin splinters
Specific Gravity: 3.9 - 4.0
Luster Vitreous: silky, or dull
Cleavage: 1,1 - basal. Not usually discernible because crystals are tiny.
In Group: Carbonates
The banded pieces are formed by massive, botryoidal, reniform and stalactitic Malachite that are dense inter-growths of tiny, fibrous needles. The dense banded Malachite is often sliced and polished to bring out the beautiful lines and coloring.
Metaphysical Properties & Mythology
Malachite has a very mesmerizing and regal appearance. The green coloration along with white striations makes it look like a jewel.
Malachite symbolizes the healing green of the nature around you. It will open your eyes to nature's beauty and make you more aware of how you can use everything that surrounds you to be better, happier and more at peace. It is said that Malachite aids in increasing positive forces in your body and aura by removing impure energies that make you feel week or toxic.
Malachite is also called the 'Midwife Stone', as midwives used to use it to ease labor pains and protect both mom and baby during child birth. It is also said to ease the trembling associated with Parkinson's disease and assist with those suffering from vertigo or prone to travel sickness.