Today’s Mineral Monday is malachite! Once used by the Ancient Egyptians as an early form of eye-shadow, malachite is a vibrant green mineral composed of copper ore and occurs naturally in the oxidized portions of ore mines. Malachite consists of light and dark green colors and sometimes exhibits small crystals on the surface. Few minerals are as vivid and unique in their color pattern as malachite.
The name malachite comes from the Greek word “moloche” meaning mallow. It was given this name in reference to the unique lobed patterns often observed on malachite resembling a mallow plant. This beautiful ornamental mineral is found in Arizona, Mexico, France, Russia, Africa and Australia and is commonly used in tabletops and vases.
As mentioned earlier, the Ancient Egyptians would grind malachite into a powder and use it as eye-shadow. The Ancient Egyptians also believe malachite could stimulate clear vision and insight. They had their children wear it as a talisman to protect them from bad dreams and provide a sense of emotional security.
Metaphysically, malachite represents fidelity in love and friendship, loyalty among partnerships, and practicality and responsibility in business. Malachite has also been used as a protective stone by those involved in aviation.
The Shops at Nature’s Art Village has a wide variety of malachite in both raw and polished form. To learn more about this mineral and hundreds more visit Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut.
Metaphysical and healing properties of crystals and minerals are not to be taken as fact. Metaphysical and healing information is collected from various resources as well as gemstone lore, and the information should not replace any advice given to you by your doctor. Nature’s Art Village does not guarantee any claims or statements, both made in our store or on our website, of the metaphysical or healing properties of crystals and minerals and cannot be held liable under any circumstances.