Healing Properties of Malachite
Malachite is a stalwart protector and bolsterer of your strength and willpower. It helps you access your innate power and protects you from negativity as you take action in the world.
Malachite is a classic protection stone. It can help you stay alert and avoid danger, as well as strengthen your boundaries so you are not affected by negative energies. It also activates a kind of protective luck, increasing the likelihood of avoiding being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or having helpful influences show up in the nick of time. (Please don’t use this as an excuse to court danger, of course–you still need to do your part to keep yourself safe.)
Like a good mentor, Malachite helps you to see yourself in a balanced way where you can look at your shortcomings with an eye to improving them, rather than getting discouraged. It also helps you avoid taking on other people’s problems, instead realizing that your responsibility is to make yourself the best you can be and let other people manage themselves.
Malachite on a basic level wants to protect and support your healthiest and happiest self. It is a grounding influence, helping you make wise decisions and take responsibility for your health and wellbeing. If you struggle with self-defeating habits or self-doubt, wearing malachite can help you meet the world with confidence, as if there is someone with you all the time who has your back and believes in you.
Malachite as a Gemstone
About the Stone
Malachite is found alongside copper deposits, and is very similar to azurite, another secondary mineral of copper. It forms when copper minerals reacts with carbonated water or limestone.
Malachite is a mineral that sits at a 3.5-4 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Malachite’s name comes from the Greek word “molochitis” meaning mallow-green stone. It is very rarely found in single crystals.
Malachite is only found in shades of green and has a very obvious and unique look. Imitation pieces may have black or white banding, although this mineral is rarely imitated as it is found in relative abundance.
Malachite is mined on a large scale in the Ural Mountains and is also found in Congo, Canada, Tsumeb, Namibia, Russia, Mexico, Zaire, Australia, England and Israel. In the United States, malachite has been found alongside copper deposits in California, Nevada, Utah, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. Archeological evidence suggests this mineral has been mined and smelted for well over 3000 years.
Malachite in Jewelry
Malachite is very soft, so if you are hard on your jewelry in general, malachite may not be for you. It is recommended that you do not use an ultrasonic cleanser on malachite.