Malachite is a gorgeous green copper based mineral which is typically used as a gemstone or decorative object – it is sometimes sold tumbled, carved, or cut into cabochons.

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Information about Malachite


Malachite is a lovely banded green Copper ore, which is typically sold polished or carved to really show off the gorgeous colours.

It has been mined since antiquity. In Britain the mines at Great Orme were mined around 3800 years ago for Copper production.

It is named after the ancient Greek word for “mallow”, which was a green herb.

Malachite was also used as a mineral pigment in green dyes until as late as the 1800s, after which it was replaced with synthetic forms.

As a decorative stone, it has been used in some truly grandiose designs, including rooms at the Hermitage and the Castillo de Chalpultepec. Typically speaking, Malachite is either used as a Copper ore, polished, or sold as a mineral specimen nowadays.

Polished pieces include tumblestones, carvings, cabochons and jewellery.


Chemistry and Mineralogy

Copper Carbonate Hydroxide, with the formula Cu2CO3(OH)2.

It often occurs in botryoidal, stalagmitic, and fibrous formations, or as crusts on other rocks.

It measures between 4 and 5 on the Mohs scale, and has a specific gravity of between 3.6 – 4.0.

If you’re looking to test this mineral, use white streak plates – the streak is typically green.



Malachite is found worldwide, with mines (both historical and active) in the UK, Australia, Austria, Germany, Canada, Russia, the USA, and various countries in Africa.

Some of the most beautiful pieces I’ve seen are found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Hazards and Dangers

If you are looking up the hazards of Malachite online, make sure not to confuse it with “Malachite Green”. This is a chemical used as a dye and an anti microbial agent, which can be quite toxic.

Malachite is relatively safe to handle, despite being toxic to humans and some animals. The real danger comes from crushing, cutting, or otherwise working with the stone. Specimen pieces being handled occasionally present no danger to health, but lapidarists and miners should use a particulate mask or a respirator when cutting or grinding.



Spirituality and crystal healing with Malachite

We offer some collated information on the supposed crystal healing and metaphysical uses of crystals below.

However, we believe crystals and crystal healing should be used alongside medicine and treatment options, not instead of them. Crystal healing can be a great way to keep a positive mindset during hard times, and it may complement any other medical treatments you are undergoing.

With the exception of an allergy to a stone, or mishandling a toxic or poisonous stone, there should be no reason reiki or crystal healing can’t be done alongside traditional medical procedures.


Healing Properties

People believe that Malachite is a stone of transformation, helping you to adapt and deal with change.

Given that it is associated with the heart chakra, it is also thought to help balance love, romance, and emotional well being.



We do not recommend making ‘gemstone elixirs’ in general – whether you’re using a gemstone, mineral, crystal, or glass.

If you do choose to make elixirs we would recommend an indirect method, either by placing a glass full of stones into your elixir container, or by placing the stones around the outside of your elixir container. Some people suggest using Quartz points alongside these stones in order to amplify and direct the energy into the water.

Malachite should never be used in direct contact with liquids, as it is slightly soluble and may leach Copper into the liquid.



People believe Malachite is perfect for the throat and heart chakras, as it has a deep connection to the Earth.

It can also be used to cleanse and activate all the chakras.


Zodiac Sign

Malachite seems to be associated with several Zodiac signs, including Taurus, Libra, Scorpio, and Capricorn.


Combining Malachite with other stones

Malachite would ideally be combined with other Copper ores, which it is often found with naturally. Think Azurite, Chrysocolla, etc. Pure Copper is an option too!




Bengali ম্যালাকাইটHungarianMalachitSpanishMalaquita
Chinese 孔雀石Japanese 孔雀石
DutchMalachietKorean 공작석 Telugu
Farsi مالاکیتMarathiUkrainianмалахіт
Portuguese MalaquitaVietnamese
GreekμαλαχίτηςPunjabi ਮਲਾਕੀਟ

External links and further reading

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