Malachite- to kick it off... did you know that Cleopatra used it for eyeshadow 4000 years ago! And because it is copper based, malachite offers antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties which helped prevent eye infections. So interesting!
Malachite is a rich dark green, reminiscent of the deepest shade of pine mixed with whorls of charcoal. It's an opaque stone that gets its color from copper, and because it forms above copper deposits, its presence has often been used to prospect for that metal. The banding on malachite can alternate between light and dark shades of green, and this stone looks great with copper, turquoise, lapis lazuli and black tourmaline!
Malachite is a softer stone, about 3.4 to 4 on the scale of hardness, so while it's harder than chalk, you still don't want to wear this in the shower or to the beach. While we wear this as bracelets and necklaces, we also understand that it is the nature of this stone to lose it's shiny finish and wear down with time.
This color doesn't fade over time or in exposed sunlight, so this is a fun stone to wear in suuny Hawaii! This is a wonderful color to activate your heart chakra.
Enjoy our collection of Malachite here!
P.s. Please don't breathe in malachite dust (ream underwater only), or place in your mouth. It's potentially toxic due to its copper content.