Called: The Stone of Protection
Energetic Properties: Protection and Action
Color(s): light to dark green banded
Geology: found in Russia, Europe, Egypt and America, it is typically found as stalactites and coatings on the surfaces of underground cavities
Size: roughly 1-2.5” in diameter
Malachite’s rich, green color and beautiful flowing lines mesmerize the viewer. It is considered to be an important protection stone, absorbing negative energies and pollutants. Because of its assistance in protection, malachite can facilitate decision-making, dreams, and leadership, as you process information clearly with an open heart and mind. Better clarity can encourage informed risk-taking, breaking unwanted ties/patterns, and taking responsibility for one’s actions, thoughts, and feelings. Malachite may be a powerful ally for those ready for their reality to change, for themselves and the world around them.
Physically, malachite is believed to balance mood swings, the immune system, and especially the female organs, sometimes being called “the Midwife Stone.” Some consider it to be a powerful aid in treating sexual dis-ease, especially when caused by traumatic past experiences.
Throughout the ages:
- Malachite is one of the oldest known stones, used for thousands of years for its healing and transforming properties.
- Russian Czars used Malachite for ornaments and paneling for their castles, and intricate inlay work.
- In Switzerland and the French Alps, Malachite crosses were thought to bring good luck to pregnant women.
- It was believed that a piece of the stone attached to an infant's cradle would keep away evil spirits, and the child would sleep soundly and peacefully. The gemstone was often worn by children throughout Europe as a talisman, protecting them from bad dreams and giving them a greater sense of emotional security.
- In ancient Egypt, Malachite was used by the upper classes as one of their main power stones. The pharaohs often lined the inside of their headdresses with Malachite, believing it helped them rule wisely. It was also pulverized into a fine powder and used as a brilliant eye shadow both for beauty and to stimulate clear vision and insight. Malachite mines were in use between the Suez and Sinai as early as 4000 B.C.
- Popular with the ancient Greeks and Romans, for jewelry, ornaments, and in powdered form, for eye shadow.
- Because of Malachite's peculiar markings, some of which suggest the form of an eye, Malachite was worn in parts of Italy as an amulet to protect the wearer from the spell of the Evil Eye. Such stones were called "peacock-stones," from their resemblance in color and markings to the peacock's tail.