Malachite is a copper carbonate hydroxide mineral. This opaque, green banded mineral forms in fractures and spaces deep underground.
Archeological evidence indicates that the mineral has been mined and smelted to obtain copper at Timna Valley in Israel for over 3,000 years. Since then, malachite has been used as both an ornamental stone and as a gemstone.
Malachite was used as a mineral pigment in green paints from antiquity until about 1800. The name Malachite comes from the Greek word malakee, or malache, signifying its resemblance to Mallow leaves. As a stone of travel, Malachite protects and overcomes fears of flying. It helps with jet lag, encourages smooth business travel, and protects in travel on congested highways.
Large quantities of malachite have been mined in the Urals, Russia. Ural malachite is not being mined at present, but the possible discovery of new deposits of malachite in the Urals have been recently reported. It is found worldwide including in the Democratic Republic of Congo; Gabon; Zambia; Tsumeb, Namibia; Mexico; Broken Hill, New South Wales; Lyon, France; Timna Valley, Israel; and the Southwestern United States, most notably in Arizona.
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