MALACHITE or Molochite Lithos


The word Malachite is derived from Greek Molochite Lithos which means mallow green stone because it resembles the green leaves of the mallow plant.

Since ancient times, Malachite has been used as a decorative and spiritual gemstone.

Malachite is an opaque, beautiful light and dark green banded crystal. They often contained properties of azurite, goethite and calcite and can be found worldwide.

In ancient times, malachite was used as a mineral color for green paint. It was used widely in ancient Egypt as a powerful medicine to cure eye diseases because of its antimicrobial properties.

Malachite is also used for decorative and religious purposes. The vase, pillars and the fireplace in the Malachite Room of Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg are made entirely in malachite. The funerary mask of the Red Queen of Palenque is also made from mosaics of malachite.

Malachites have been used as amulets against insomnia and evil spirits. It protects babies from harm, gives luck and beauty and also it opposes the malevolence of witchcraft and sorcery.

Malachite has been worn as a talisman against lightning, infectious diseases and depression. It is also used as a charm for good health and fidelity in a relationship.

To the ancient Egyptians, paradise in the after-life was referred to as the “Field of Malachite." That was where they lived the same life as they experienced on earth but with no pain and suffering. Green to the ancient Egyptians represented the green grass of resurrection, fertility and new life. However, in order to resurrect, one has to go through the gates of death. Green therefore represented both the new life of resurrection and death.