Malachite is a carbonate containing 57% copper. It is azurite without the attached water molecule, though both are found in copper mines. This green banded mineral often forms in masses deep underground where there is precipitation. Malachite is always green, usually in banded tones varying from very dark green to a mellow green. Most malachite comes from Zaire, Chile and Australia. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used malachite for jewelry and ground it to use as eye shadow.
Malachite is believed to be a strong protector of children. It is said to protect the wearer from accidents and protects travelers. Malachite has been used to aid success in business and protect against undesirable business associations. It is a stone of balance in relationships. It is used in amulets to protect against the evil eye. It is cautioned however to wear Malachite as jewelry. It has been called the "mirror of the soul" meaning it reaches the inner feelings of the person and reflects what is there, negative or positive. It will always reflect how you feel, if you feel negative don't wear Malachite. It reminds us that we have a dual nature and it is up to each person to know and rule his own person. To help get rid of nightmares, keep a piece of Malachite in your bedroom.
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