Malachite is a beautiful, intense, green mineral that has banded masses taking the color from emerald green to a much lighter green. The banded stones are highly sought after and come mostly from Africa.
This banded piece comes from the Copper Queen mine in Bisbee Arizona. The mine is now closed but there are tours available.
The name Malachite comes from the Greek word for mallow, because the designs on the stone resembled leaves of the mallow plant.
A Raw Image from Bisbee
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Ancient Egypt was using malachite 6000 years ago for jewelry and ornaments. It was worn to ward off evil.
There is an archeology site in Isreal that indicates malachite was mined in the Timna Valley over 3000 years ago. They used it for ornamental stone, pottery and gemstones.
More modern use was for the green pigment in paints up to the 1800’s.
It is found all over the world,and quite often results from the weathering of copper ores, especially where copper and limestone are present.
There is an interesting piece in the “Linda Hall Library” in Mexico City. “The Tazza” is a large malachite vase,standing in the center of the malachite room. It was a gift from the Tsar Nicholas 11, of Russia and is the biggest piece of malachite in North America.
In healing , Malachite is about harmonizing your body and should not be attached to any metal as metal can block the healing waves. A sphere as a pendant on an earth chain such as leather or string works best. Use something natural as malachite is the most connected gemstone to the earth’s vibrations.
Very important stone for repelling negative energies and assisting in mental clarity.Works with the heart chakra and is also helpful for many feminine distresses. It also repels nightmares.
It has been called the “Mirror of the Soul”
When worn as jewelry it will always reflect your feelings. If you are having a real bad day, better off to leave it at home.
To increase it’s power use it with copper.
However, according to “Antoinette Matliins ” in the “Colored Gemstones” buying guide, one should never clean your malachite with any product containing ammonia, as it will remove all the shine of your polished stones.
Resources: Malachite by SAh’Rah Kerfoot, also http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/geophys/malachite.html, gemisphere.com, gemdat.org,wikipedia.com,”The Pocket Book of Stones” by Robert Simmons, “Gemstone Guardians” by Michael Katz and of course our favorite “Colored Gemstones” by Antoinette Matlins.
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Discovered in Greenland in 1896, Hackmanite is a vibrant pink variety of sodalite,
This unusual stone faded to colorless when brought to light. it returns to it’s original color when left in the dark for an extended period of time, or when exposed to short wave ultraviolet light. This ability is called tenebrescence or reverse photochromism. (This is what happens to eyeglasses that darken or lighten when exposed to different lighting.)
This variety of sodalite was named Hackmanite after Axel Hackman, a Finnish geologist with the University of Helsinki.
What I find fascinating about Hackmanite is that the color change in hackmanite found in Quebec and Greenland changes from pink or violet to white, yet the Hackmanite found in Afghanistan and Myanmar changes from creamy white to pink, red or violet in sunlight! It reverses….why is that?? When heated though, you kill the color change altogether.
Natural colors in the dark
Researching Hackmanite I got a little side tracked, wondering what causes the color change in some minerals but not in others. Apparently something called F-Centers are the cause.
An F-Center is a defect in an ionic lattice (a structure of millions of atomic formations of an ionic substance, structured like building blocks into a three dimensional formation.(Wiki answers) This defect occurs when an anion leaves as a neutral species,leaving a cavity and a negative charge behind. (An anion is an atom that has gained electrons. Since they now have more electrons than protons, anions have a negative charge.They are termed so because they get attracted towards the anode or positive electrode (Thanks wikipedia) The negative charge left behind is shared by neighboring positive charges in the lattice.
In Hackmanite it is believed that some of the negatively charged chlorine atoms are missing,allowing free electrons to become trapped in the vacancies. This the basis of the F-Center. In Hackmanite this center asorbs green, yellow and orange light as well as some amounts of blue. There we have the cause of the various shades of Hackmanite and the fading results.
Got carried away with the chemistry lessons, sorry about that. The more you study natural things the more wonderful and fascinating the worldbecomes.
Hackmanite is the higher vibration of sodalite so all healing and spiritual qualities are considered to be much stronger, especially in the throat and third eye chakra, accelerating intuition and clairvoyant abilities.
Resources: Wipedia, Wiki answers, gemology online, Mindat.org