What is Malachite? How to recognize it, use it and clean it?

Qu'est-ce que la Malachite ? Comment la reconnaître, l'utiliser et la nettoyer ?

Who says new Tuesday, says new article! I am pleased to meet you again this week to help you discover Malachite.

This natural stone of green tint is mainly characterized by its large light, dark or black veining.Easily recognizable, so you will learn more about its history, its mineralogical properties and its use.

If you have read our previous articles, you must be familiar with the structure proposed in our articles discovering semi-precious stones. We will therefore proceed in the same way here, so that you can discover as much as possible about this Pierre.

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Mala LYS Bracelet in Malachite

Soothing, the Malachite is recognized for amplify positive energies and encourage the wearer to move forward with energy and without anxiety. This stone will promote your inside Peace and will help you to act with discernment.

It is here and now that the story of this stone begins ...


Origin and History

In the old days

Malachite has been known to a large majority of people since the dawn of time. Indeed, it is one of the oldest stones to have been used by men for its ornaments.

  • Neanderthal culture

This is'a stone which has apparently existed for a very long time sincea Malachite disc dating back 10,500 years has been found in Iraq.

Subsequently, malachite beads were also found in the city of Jericho and are believed to be around 9,000 years old.

  • Ancient Egypt

It was by the Egyptians that this natural stone was intensely used. In 4000 years with J.C they were already exploiting Malachite mines, this stone having for them a real symbolic of joy and happiness.

Malachite stone is then associated with the goddess of fertility, Hator and the protective goddess of motherhood: Thouéris. It protects women, their children and all other forms of life.

Daily, Malachite was also widely used as eye makeup, because it had the power to cure eye infections and as a powder pigment for the decoration of frescoes.

  • Greek and Roman Antiquity

Also used later, this stone was used as a mineral pigment in order to obtain blue-green tones. It was exploited in different paintings. However, it has been noticed that this stone tended to age badly and change color due to its high sensitivity to acids and light.

The Greeks and Romans used it mainly in ornaments (one of the columns of the temple of Artemis was decorated with Malachite), jewelry (the generals wore bracelets and rings which were supposed to help them find the best strategy to win the battles), but also eyeshadow and medicinal powder (provides protection).

  • Middle age

At that time, this stone was used to protect against the evil eye, better understand animals and treat stomach aches.

We notice that this stone has stood the test of time for millennia. It is present in all civilizations through its use in decoration, medicine or cosmetics.

    Until today...

    We mainly find Malachite for the jewelry making, Of type necklaces or bracelets.

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    Handcrafted Buddhist Mala Bracelet Necklace - 108 Malachite Beads

    It is also always used for:

    • The ornament and decoration of objects, cups and tables;
    • The design of cosmetic products for its detoxifying and antioxidant properties.

    What does his name mean?

    Its name is derived from the Latin meaning "through" and from the ancient Greek "malakhé" meaning "mauve". The green of Malachite stone watch indeed a great resemblance to the leaves of the mallow.


    Mineralogical properties of Malachite


    Malachitebelongs to the group of carbonates, it is recognizable by its color green which can vary from pale to very dark. Opaque or translucent, it presents a surprising shine and a great variety of aspects.

    It is also characterized by a veining in the form of light, dark or even black.

    Its hardness is between 3.5 and 4 on the Mohs scale, which makes it a soft stone and therefore fragile and sensitive heat and liquid substances (soluble in acids).

    Where can I find Malachite?

    The main deposits of Malachite stone are found in mines located all over the world: Australia, Zaire, Brazil, United States, Russia (in the Urals), Iralia, Israel and even in France towards Lyon (Chessy-Les-Mines) and in the Var (Cap Garonne).


    Virtues and properties in lithotherapy

    Malachite stoneis frequently used in lithotherapy for its many beneficial properties. Beneficial for all, it is however particularly suitable for children, women and fragile people.

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    Handcrafted Buddhist Mala Bracelet in Malachite

    On the physical level

    • Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties which aid in self-healing.
    • Treats digestive infections.
    • Corrects thyroid and thymus problems.
    • Strengthens the respiratory system and increases endurance.
    • Relieves asthma.
    • Regulates menstrual cycles, reduces cramps and promotes childbirth.
    • Soothes insomnia and other sleep disorders.
    • Fights osteoarthritis, especially in the spine.
    • Helps in better regeneration of body tissues.

    On an emotional and spiritual level

    • Reassures and gives assurance.
    • Promotes meditation.
    • Develops positive energy and absorbs negative energy (brings self-confidence).
    • Helps to balance the soul, body energy and opens the heart.
    • Promotes change and risk taking.
    • Improves your relationships with others and facilitates the capacity for expression.
    • Brings clairvoyance, compassion and a feeling of wholeness.
    • Soothes fears and anxieties.


    How to maintain your Malachite stone?

    Malachite is one of those very absorbent stones that it is necessary to clean regularly, after each use if possible.


    Pure water is the simplest and most effective solution for cleaning your stone. You can use tap water or deionized water.

    Do not add salt or let it soak for too long.

    You can also purify it by passing it under the smoke ofincense (sandalwood for example).In this case, we advise you to alternate the two methods (purification with water or by fumigation).

    Sandalwood incense sticks


    To charge it, place it inside a amethyst geode,to the sunlight, in the morning preferably because malachite fears high temperatures or lunar light.


    To go a little further ...

    mala 7 chakra malachite necklace

    Mala LYS 7 Chakras Necklace with Malachite Stone

    Astrological signs

    This stone is especially linked to the signs of Capricorn, Scorpio, Virgo and Taurus.

    Malachite and the associated Chakras

    In general, it opens, purifies and activates all the chakras, but they are mainly used at the level of Heart chakra to restore balance to the soul.

    But also...

    Placed in a space, Malachite helps to harmonize relationships and eliminate electromagnetic pollution.


    So what do you think of this stone? Do you think it can match you and meet your expectations in terms of benefits and virtues?

    If you already have a stone or a piece of jewelry made from Malachite, feel free to share with us your experience and tell us how and why you use it.

    We hope in any case to have given you enough information about it and do not forget that you can discover our previous articles on other stones: Rock crystal, Jade, Lapis lazuli, Sodalite, Amethyst, Agate, Garnet, Turquoise, Eye of tigerand Obsidian.

    Good week !

    4 Responses



    July 01, 2019

    J ai reçu il y a très longtemps un collier en malachite , et je l ai peu porté, mais je l’ai gardé ! Et il y a quelques jours j ai eu l’idee de le faire transformer en bracelets , j en ai fait 3 , les personnes ont été ravies que je leur donne un bracelet , surtout la personne qui me l avait ramené d Afrique ! Quel souvenir …👍



    November 01, 2018

    Je suis intéressée par votre collection pourriez vous m envoyer une documentation avec les prix de vos très beaux articles

    Claudine ritzenthaler

    Claudine ritzenthaler

    October 15, 2018

    je ne savais pas les bienfaits de cette pierre(la malachite) il y a plusieurs années on ma offert plusieurs pierres et en vous lisant j’ai repensé que dans mon petit coffre j’en avait huit Ma question si je les mets dans mon sac a mains est ce quelles ont le même pouvoir que d’être porté sur moi Je vous remercie de me répondre

    Claudine ritzenthaler

    Claudine ritzenthaler

    October 14, 2018

    Je ne savais pas tous les bienfaits de la pierre Malachite il y a plusieurs années que l’on m’a offert ses pierres et en vous lisant je me suis rappelée que dans mon petit coffre il y en a huit Je vous demande si je les mets dans mon sac a mains est -ce qu’elles ont le même pouvoir Je vous remercie de me donner une réponse

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