Malachite is a green, soft gemstone characterized by its light and dark lines. The
low copper content is what gives malachite its color and softness. This also
allows the stone to naturally develop a matte surface over time. Malachite was
previously used to decorate rooms or to give as gifts due to the workings believed
in. Today, some of its gifts are still on display in well-known museums such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
There are several myths that explain the name of malachite. In fact, in Greek,
malach is deep green, but malakos in Greek stands for soft, week or weak.
Malachite was first found in Egypt around 4000 BC. At that time, it was widely
used as a makeup to fight eye infections. In the Middle Ages it was widely used
as a remedy for witchcraft and the evil eye. A few hundred years ago it was
mainly used as a paint, but not entirely without risks because raw malachite is
very poisonous. It is likely that Napoleon also died from the toxicity of this copper
green. Nowadays we know this and only wear it polished.
Malachite has the power to absorb negative energies from the body and the
environment. Therefore it is a purifying stone. By absorbing these energies, it
provides emotional balance, stability and resilience. It is believed to even help
process trauma through emotions that it calls up but whereby then the negative
energy is absorbed.
Due to the softness of the gem, you should be very careful when polishing this.
Scratches can cause the material to lose its radiance. It is best to clean Malachite
with mild liquid soap and lukewarm water. Then dry them carefully to avoid water
stains. Malachite is sensitive to heat. It is advised to stay away from heat, hot
water and sunlight, as well as harsh chemicals such as those found in cleaning
products and cosmetics.
This beautiful green stone is regularly incorporated into NeverNot jewellery.
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