What is malachite?
Malachite is a green copper carbonate hydroxide mineral. It was one of the first ores used to produce copper until it became more valuable for use in jewelry and ornaments.
It can be bright green, dark green and blackish green and is commonly banded. It appears a yellowish green in un-natural light.
Malachite got it's name from the mallow plant, due to its color resembling the leaves of the plant.
It comes in at 3.5 to 4 on the Mohs hardness scale, which goes from 0 to 10.
It was used for centuries as a green pigment in paint, but was replaced in the 1800's with synthetic compounds.
Spiritually, malachite is worn as protection from lightening and contagious disease and used to be worn especially by Capricorns to avert depression, to which they are particularly vulnerable. (Tell me about it!)
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It is found and mined worldwide.
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