Malachite: Meanings, Properties, Uses, Benefits & More

Malachite is a beautiful green or greenish blue stone with dark banding and whorls that forms naturally with copper deposits. Our desire for the metal has lead early prospectors to look for Malachite, but the mineral itself is also supremely useful for things like creating sculptures, making jewelry, or creating long lasting paints and pigments – some of which are used in modern restoration practices for paintings that are hundreds of years old!

Due to its association with copper, it’s got a very long history, and interestingly enough most cultures seem to believe a lot of the same things about this stone. In today’s article, we’re going to tell you all about it – from how it looks under the ‘Numerology microscope’, what it can do with Feng Shui, Runic uses, and more!

Before we get started, we want to make sure that we are crystal-clear about one thing. This information is intended for informational purposes only – it’s not meant to replace a doctor or to make a diagnosis.

We’re just here to bring you the lore of the stone and while it’s rich stuff indeed, when it comes to health then stone lore should be considered the ‘spice’ while modern medical treatment is your main course.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s take a close look at Malachite and the properties attributed to this beautiful and banded stone of springtime!

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Getting Started With Malachite

Since we will be taking a bit of a deep-dive into the lore of Malachite, it’s a good idea to give you a nice foundation before we get started. In this section we’re going to tell you about how rare it is, how Malachite is formed, where it’s mined, and more.

It’s always nice to know as much as possible about a subject, after all, so with that said let’s go ahead and get started! Below is a ‘quick profile’ of Malachite.

Malachite – Copper Carbonate Hydroxide

Color: Green, with dark banding, and blue will be present if there is Azurite in the content.

Rarity: Uncommon to rare (it’s use in sculpture, paint pigments, and jewelry has depleted a number of natural deposits). Blue is the rarest variety.

Found in: Malachite is found in Australia, in the Congo, Gabon, Mexico, Namibia, Russia, and Zambia.

Most commonly used for: Boosting self-esteem and trust in intuition

Description: Malachite is a mineral that occurs naturally whenever copper is formed near limestone or a naturally carbonated underground water source. It forms in a monoclinic crystal system, which often creates ‘needles’ of the stone that those prospecting for copper have learned to look for as a sure-sign that the metal is nearby.

Malachite Properties

Malachite is somewhat of an inspirational stone, in that it pushes one’s confidence and overall self-esteem to healthy, elevated levels, and it helps the owner to trust their intuition. This is reflected as far back as Sumerian times, when Malachite would be worn in headdresses to help impart wisdom to the wearer.

It is also a stone of health, with it\s green color being associated with mysteries of spring and life eternal. With it’s intuition-boosting capabilities, it can help to encourage the development of psychic awareness, and it is also said to help those who carry it in the creation of a new life, as it helps them to be ready for and to even embrace the sudden change that comes with a while new lifestyle or philosophy.

Malachite Meaning

From a symbolism perspective, green is the color of spring, and so Malachite has strong associations with health. There is also a heavy symbolism associated with this stone as being of both life and the afterlife. This is evinced in some lore examples, for instance the Egyptians sometimes referred to the afterlife as ‘the fields of Malachite’ but also associated it with the first life, because green is obviously the color of growing plants. The Mayans used it in funerary masks, showing us that more than one culture associated Malachite with bridging properties that span from this life to the next.

Malachite mineral stone

Malachite as a Birthstone

The heavy spring associations of Malachite carry on into birthstones, with Malachite being a secondary option for those born between the 20th of April and May. From a Zodiac perspective, this stone is a good jewelry option for a Taurus or an April-born Aries and should help to put a little extra spring in the wearer’s step (pun completely intended) and help them to be more outspoken with the confidence boost that Malachite brings.

Malachite Numerology

The ancients believed that there was a lot of power in knowing the name of something. It gave you a glimpse into that thing’s essence and if some of the stories are to be believed, with some entities knowing their name even gave you a modicum of control or defense against them.

With Numerology, we have the tools that we need to take apart a name and see if what we’ve heard about something matches the name that it is called and it’s surprising how accurate it can be. Today, we’re going to give you a demonstration that we hope you’ll find useful, by turning the Numerology spotlight on Malachite to see what we can find.

To do this, we’ll calculate the following:

  • Personality number – Overall count of consonants in the name
  • Heart’s desire number – Overall count of vowels in the name
  • Destiny number – overall count from all letters of the name

Personality Number

The ‘Personality number’ is the general energy that this stone sends into the world and we calculate it by adding up the consonants of the name and reducing it to its core number.

  • Malachite
    • M+L+C+H+T
    • 4+3+3+8+2=20
    • 2+0=2(20)

Major Influence Number: 2(20)

Starting off, we have a Major influence of 2 and 20. 2 in Numerology is a number of balance, but it is also considered to be a number of intuition, and the 20 that comes with it is a number of success which helps to give extra energy to the innate harmony and intuition aspects of 2.

Incidentally, 20 is unique in that it can be written up as the sum of 3 unique Fibonacci numbers and it’s also the number of moves that it takes to solve any Rubik’s cube!

Minor Influence Number: 3

As a minor influence to complement that balance, we have the number 3. 3 is a number of communication, or more specifically the joining of 2 forces, even those which are opposed, in the creation of a message that is clear to whomever sees it. Think of it as ‘creative expression’ and you’re on the right track to the type of energies that Malachite sends into the world along with balance and intuition from the 2(20).

Heart’s Desire Number

The ‘Heart’s Desire’ is the motivation and goals to which this stone is most aligned. This is determined by the count of the vowels in the name, broken down to their essential number.

  • Malachite
    • A+A+I+E
    • 1+1+9+5=16
    • 1+6=7

Major Influence Number: 7

As a Major influence for the types of goals where Malachite is most aligned, we have the number 7, which is the ‘intuition detective’. This energy allows one to instantly assess a situation, though it is an analysis that is not necessarily compiled of the facts – but rather one’s ‘gut instincts’. This makes Malachite quite suitable for those who need a little help in trusting their intuition.

Minor Influence Number: 1

As a Minor influence we have the number 1, which is a number of not only taking action, but taking action FIRST. It’s the kind of aggressive drive that’s not willing to wait around and ‘see what happens’, but which rather desires to take an active role in pushing for the desired outcome.

Destiny Number

The ‘Destiny number indicates how the stone effects are expressed towards one’s goals and it is determined by calculating the total of all of the letters on the name and reducing them to their core number.

  • Malachite
    • M+A+L+A+C+H+I+T+E
    • 4+1+3+1+3+8+9+2+5=36
    • 3+6=9

Major Influence Number: 9

Numerology really shows its stuff when it comes to Malachite. One thing that you will see in most stones that seem to inspire confidence in intuition is the number 9, which is the number of the old soul. 9 is the kind of intuition that comes from drawing on the collective experience of the spirit, gathered through the course of many lives. While the memories of these experiences don’t carry on into the new life very often, the intuition definitely seems to, tending to show up in our lives as aversions to things or situations that are quite often inexplicable because they are completely new to us.

Having a 9 here is definitely no surprise, but it’s always fun when you can see outright that Numerology isn’t being very subtle, and it’s presence here tells us that intuition is a large part of the energies that Malachite brings towards achieving your personal goals.

Minor Influence Number: 1, 3

For Minor influences towards our personal goals, Malachite has a 1 and a 3. 1, as you’ll recall, is the number of aggressive action, while 3 is creative expression, especially in the ability to take 2 things and join their energies into an artistic expression.

Overall, it seems that Malachite has numerous elements on each level for driving up one’s faith in their intuitions, granting confidence, and allowing it’s owner to express these energies in creative and artistic ways. Once again, Numerology hits a bullseye when it comes to the written and spoken lore of a stone, wouldn’t you agree?

Malachite mineral stone

Feng Shui Advantages of Malachite

Adding stones as a part of your home’s Feng Shui is nothing new, of course. Stone naturally add to the Earth element energies of the home, but they also help with their own specific energies and this makes them a good addition for specific Baguas or rooms. In this section we’re going to give you some suggestions as far as Bagua placement and then we’ll go room by room to give you an idea how Malachite might serve in each of these locations. Without further ado, let’s take a look and see!

Bagua Placement: Zhen, Xun, Kun

Zhen, the Bagua for New Beginnings, is an excellent place to add a little Malachite. As the stone helps with confidence and intuition, it’s also geared towards making it easier to accept and even improve one’s lot where sudden changes are involved.

It is also a good fit for your wealth and prosperity corned, called Xun. This is the place of abundance and the energies of Malachite can help to motivate one where achieving this kind of abundance is concerned. If you have troubles deciding on saving or investing, rather than spending your money quickly, then this placement might just be the perfect fit.

Finally, in Kun, Malachite can be useful, as the self-confidence and intuition boost that it gives can help with a couple in keeping things honest, but still fresh. Don’t forget, however, that Kun is also a Bagua for motherhood, so it can also help with familial harmony in the bargain by encouraging understanding and harmony.

Bathroom

In the bathroom, some Malachite on the edge of the tub or close to the shower can help to ensure that when you wash in the morning you will energized, confident, and ready to trust yourself with whatever you face in the day to come.

Bedroom

Placed in your bedroom, Malachite helps the ones sleeping there to be themselves and from time to time, to be a bit bolder. The confidence and intuition boosts really come in handy and it’s a placement that you should definitely consider.

Entrance

If work tends to ‘run you ragged’, then a little Malachite at the entrance can help to ensure that you feel like the king or queen of your domain and 100% yourself immediately upon stepping inside your home.

Kitchen

If your dining area is an extension of your kitchen, then Malachite can help to keep the dinner conversation lightly as everyone sitting down will feel right at home in its presence. You can put it in the cooking area as well, in order to boost your confidence for a little experimentation, which will likely turn out nicely due to it’s links with your past life pool of experience – an experiment well-worth trying that we hope you’ll give a whirl. The results will speak for themselves.

Living Room

In the living room, Malachite can help to ensure that no one feels ‘drowned out’ by other personalities in the room, as it promotes creative expression of the self to a strong degree that really makes social situations lively. The communications properties help to make sure that this doesn’t result in conflict, making for an enriching experience for everyone involved.

Chakras and Malachite

As you can find Malachite in both green and blue, this makes it a good fit for using for Chakra stones to represent both the Heart Chakra, Anahata, and the Throat Chakra, Vishuddha. You’ll have to look around a bit for the blue, however, as it’s a little harder to find, but it’s well worth the effort.

The blue color comes from the presence of Azurite in the Malachite so don’t worry, you can definitely find it, just be careful to check the piece to make sure that no one tries to sell you an expensive piece of glass!

Elder Futhark Runes and the Suitability of Malachite

The Elder Futhark is an amazing system and if you’ve never explored it, we highly recommend that you do. A good start is to look for Edred Thorsson’s ‘Futhark’ or ‘Runelore’ if you are interested in workings, while ‘At the Well of Wyrd’ can teach you some divination techniques with this system.

In this section, we’ve put in some goodies for the Runesters out there, and we’ll start things off by telling you how we believe a set completely hosted on Malachite would be beneficial and from there we’ll recommend some specific Runes that this stone should harmonize well with. Let’s take a look!

Malachite Stones as a Complete Set

As a complete set used for divination purposes, you should be able to get a lot of character insight when reading for yourself or others. As Malachite ties in to our current and previous lives, it can help you to learn a lot about people, their habits, and the patterns which often repeat from time to time.

With the intuition boost, they will also be easier to interpret for most, making Malachite an excellent host for an Elder Futhark Rune set.

Benefits of Malachite for Specific Runes

So, how does it play out with specific Runes? We’ve put together a list of 5 Runes which we feel would work very well with Malachite as a host, but feel free to experiment with others – often the mixing of a stone’s energies with specific Runes can lead to interesting results indeed, so don’t forget to play from time to time.

That said, you’ll find our recommendations and reasoning for them in the sections below!

Thurisaz

Thurisaz is the thorn that protects the rose, harming anyone who tries to snatch the flower without taking a closer look first. This rune also has powerful associations with motion and with primal sexual energies, and Malachite’s ‘be yourself’ style energies along with the way it pushes it’s owner to action, make it a great host for the Thurisaz Rune.

Ansuz

Ansuz is the Rune of communication and as we saw in the Numerology section, this is one of the specialties of Malachite. For added energy, find a blue Malachite for this one, as it is a Rune of Odin and blue is his color. You can make a nice Rune that you can carry with you for when you want to perform in theatre, make a speech or presentation, or simply feel like shining in a social situation. Malachite is definitely perfect for Ansuz – especially with the blue.

Jera

Jera is the Rune of harvest, which is the culmination of spring and careful planting. Malachite, as we known, is quite the ‘spring stone’, making it a good choice for hosting Jera in your personal Rune set.

Eihwaz

Eihwaz is the Yew tree, representing both life and death, and Malachite is considered in Egyptian and Mayan cultures to be a bridge between those two. That makes the stone and Rune a harmonious fit, especially if you can find a piece that mixes the green and the blue to carve and stain your Rune upon.

Othala

Othala is the Rune of the ancestral home – bringing together family, heritage, and experience from a large pool of ancestral perceptions. Malachite brings this kind of intuition to the table on its own (remember the ‘old soul 9’ in the Numerology?), and so Othala should be quite powerful with this host configuration.

Creative Ways to Use Malachite

If you have a friend who tends to hide themselves in public then a Malachite bracelet or necklace makes for an excellent gift. It’s beautiful and will definitely help them to get out of their shell a little and start living life a little.

Malachite is easy to carve, as well, which opens up a whole world of possibilities. You could carve your totem animal, for instance, so that the intuition boost from the stone is focused on your protection, defense, and spiritual guidance.

You could also carry Malachite with you when you travel. Often adventures in new places can take a turn for the worse if you aren’t careful, while on the flipside they can also bring ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunities that you might well miss if you are too shy to take them.

Malachite helps with these kinds of scenarios, so that difficult choices may be instantly analyzed and then made instinctually, rather than avoided or worse – being allowed to push you into a bad situation, simply from inaction or failing to assert yourself and your needs.

Malachite mineral stone

Malachite as a Meditation Tool

If you want to make a charm for pushing yourself towards your goals and learning to trust your gut, then we’ve got a meditation for today’s article which you can use towards that purpose. All that you will need to do this is a little time and the stone itself, though you may certainly light candles or incense to help get yourself in the right mindframe if you would like.

Find yourself somewhere to sit comfortably, with the stone in your dominant hand, and begin with a little controlled breathing to help to relax you a bit and to sharpen your mediative focus. If you don’t have a favorite breathing routine, then you can just do a simple one by breathing in for a count of 3, holding that breath for another count of 3, and then exhaling it for 3 seconds. This is easy to do and quite effective, but if it’s new to you then be sure to spend a few minutes getting used to the rhythm until it comes to you quite naturally.

Once you feel relaxed and ready, then hold the stone out in front of you in the palm of your hand, either in the air or resting comfortably on the floor—whichever makes it easier to look at and to focus on the stone.

Malachite has a notable patterning on it, in the form of parallel bands of lines that are broken on occasional with circles and whorls – this should be present on any real Malachite as this occurs naturally then they form, so if you don’t see these then your Malachite piece may not be genuine. If you can see them, then we are ready to proceed.

Visualize the color of the stone deepening as it becomes larger and larger, taking up the entire landscape of your view. Think of the banded lines as roads, while the circles and whorls of the pattern are the decisions which you must make in order to stay on your road or to move onto one that parallels it.

Say aloud, ‘Malachite is spring and winter, life and death, in a cycle, and the patterns on it are my roads and the choices I must make’.

Study the bands and whorls in detail and then close your eyes and recreate them in your mental image. Say next, ‘I will trust my intuitions, for I have taken many roads as well, in this life and before.’

Visualize the Malachite becoming brighter, will the banding becomes less uniform and more like many roads leading in all directions.

Say finally, ‘Let this stone empower me and remind me not to fear the decisions I must make. All roads are worthy, for they will lead me somewhere new… I have but to choose.’

Open your eyes and see the light around the Malachite being drawn into the stone, though it will still glow a little when the process is done. Carry this stone with you and you’ll find not only confidence, but a drive to be more proactive in your decisions. It’s time to get pushy where your life is concerned!

The meditation is done, but may be repeated as needed when you feel like charging up the stone a bit. All that remains is to put it in your pocket or wear it if it’s Malachite jewelry, so that you can take your newly charged charm for a test drive!

Is Malachite Expensive to Obtain?

As Malachite only comes from specific regions, it can be a bit pricy for some of the nicer pieces, especially for the ones that don’t have Azurite mixed into the clusters. That said, you can get the raw stuff for sometimes as little as $1 per carat, while the more expensive pre-polished varieties could be as much as $48 per carat.

Be sure to shop around, however, as you can definitely find some deals from time to time when it comes to this lovely and useful stone.

How Can You Tell if Malachite Is Genuine?

Malachite is lovely and some pieces are definitely a bit on the expensive side. As such, there are a lot of resin and glass knockoffs out there and you’ll want to purchase your own with a bit of caution. That said, we’ve compiled a few things that you can check to help ensure that you are getting the real article when it comes to your Malachite purchases. Let’s take a look at what you should know before buying this stone from a local vendor.

Check the Weight

Malachite has copper in it’s composition and while copper is not magnetic, it IS heavy, and so you want to pick up that piece of Malachite and give it a bit of a ‘heft check’. It should have a little bit of weight to it and the density will make it a little colder than the items around it, so it shouldn’t instantly warm-up in your palm.

Banding Irregularities

Does the Malachite piece that you’ve got your eyes on have some really surreally perfect banding? If it does, then buyer beware – Malachite banding shouldn’t look like that. The banding on Malachite should also have whirls and other circular patterns present as it’s all part and parcel of the formation of this stone.

Simply put, if you see perfect banding, then someone probably made it in their lab or maybe even their garage.

Bubbles Won’t Work – Malachite Have Them Naturally

Usually, you can spot fake stones that have been made from glass by the presence of telltale bubbles. Sadly, this won’t work with Malachite, as bubble actually occur when it forms and they’re completely natural. That said, you can hold some Malachite in one hand and a glass ‘Goldstone’ in the other and if they heat up at the same rate, they might BOTH be glass.

If the Malachite stays cooler than the glass ‘test rock’, then it might well be genuine.

Mohs Hardness Scale

Malachite doesn’t rate very high on Mohs, unfortunately, with a score of 3.5 to 4. That means that you shouldn’t be able to scratch it with a penny, but there are quite a few other items that will scratch it. That said, glass fakes about when it comes to Malachite and Mohs can help you out here, because glass has a 5.5 to 7 rating on Mohs. So if you have a set of Mohs picks, you could buy 2 pieces of Malachite and try to scratch one of them with a 5-rated pick. If it scratches, it’s Malachite, but if it doesn’t then you’ve just purchased 2 pieces of glass and you might want to have a little talk with your vendor about Mohs hardness scale.

If It’s Not Green, It’s Not Malachite (Except in One Case)

If it’s not green in color then you’ll know right away that it probably isn’t Malachite. While this sounds basic, there are actually different colors of ‘Malachite’ being sold, such as the popular ‘Red Malachite’ – which is just red Jasper.

The ONLY exception to this rule is the color blue, which can and does occur in Malachite that has Azurite in its composition. These Malachite specimens are rarer and so they command a higher price, making them a popular configuration for glass fakes as well – so be careful, just in case.

Be Leery of Pendants With Odd Cuts

You’ll see pendants made out of Malachite with some odd cuts to them, such as the ‘dagger cut’ Malachite pendants. Many, if not MOST of these are fake. Take a look at the banding, however, to look for whirls and circles. While it’s possible that you’ll find a unique cut for a pendant, the banding can help you to be sure and you definitely want to check, as many of those ‘unique cut’ pendants are cast out of glass, resin, or even plastic and mass produced.

How To Clean Your Malachite

Malachite is not difficult to clean, but you’ll want to avoid tumblers since it has such a low hardness rating on Mohs (3.5 to 4, to be specific). Acids are out too, so just get yourself a soft bristle brush and a clean cloth, as well as a bit of mild dishwasher soap and you are good to go.

Lather it up, scrub it with your toothbrush, and then give it a good rinse and that will be all that you need to do with you Malachite. If you happen to be cleaning a raw piece or a polished piece that seems to have a lot of white on it, that’s natural – white spots are common on Malachite, so don’t try to scrub that part off. You’ll be there all day and you won’t make any progress!

Preparing Your Malachite Before Use

If you like consecrating your stones in the sun, then you will be happy to know that this won’t fade Malachite in the slightest. This stone is quite resilient when it comes to fading, to the point that there are Malachite paint formulas out there which are used when restoring paintings that are hundreds of years old!

Simply put, you can leave it out in the sun all year and it’ll get dusty, but it won’t fade.

You can purify it in other ways if you prefer, however, with standards such as moonlight, burial for a meaningful number of days or nights, smudging, and the like, but the resistance to sunlight is uncommon enough in colorful stones that we wanted to make sure that we brought it to your attention.

History of Malachite Throughout The Ages

Malachite history falls into that category that one might refer to as ‘pretty darned old’! Sumerian culture, for instance, has been around since 4100 B.C. and they used to use Malachite in headdresses for priests and royals to help ensure that they were ruling with wisdom.

Ancient Egyptians used Malachite as well, as they found the stuff quite quickly when mining copper, and the beautiful green color was thought to represent life and to represent the afterlife as well, with that second world sometimes being referred to as ‘the fields of Malachite’.

They also used it in talismans to ward off evil spirits but quickly adopted more mundane uses as well, such as well-night eternal paint pigments, Malachite glass additives, and even eye paint.

The Greeks liked using Malachite for statuettes, sculptures, and jewelry, but the Romans liked it even more, nicknaming it ‘the Peacock stone’ for it’s dizzying bands and whorls of lovely green. The Greeks, as Greeks often do, still named the stone first, with the name Malachite coming from the word ‘maloche’, which described Mallow and more specifically in this case, the color of the leaves.

Mayan culture knew of the stone as well and it’s even present in some museum pieces, such as the famous Red Queen of Palanque’s funeral mask, and if we fast forward a bit and you’ll find that this stone was popular in Russian architecture and even in their folklore, as evinced in a story called ‘The Malachite Casket’

It’s popularity in ancient cultures is quite understandable if you’ve even seen a piece of it. Nature definitely knew what she was doing when it comes to the beautiful stone that we call Malachite.

Some Final Words on Using Malachite

Today we’ve taken a closer look at copper’s companion – the beautiful stone known as Malachite. Carried for bolstering the self-esteem, learning to trust your intuition, and for prompting a proactive response in decision making, you’ve certainly got a lot of options with this stone. So, give it a try and see what you think.

A little bit of Malachite in your Zhen Bagua can help in building a new life, while an Ansuz Rune carved on Malachite can help you to speak more freely and with confidence – you’ve definitely got choices with a stone that has this much history.

If you don’t want to take advantage of these possibilities, then simply display a little at home in the form of a sculpture or by filling up a bowl with a little stone-trapped spring. With it’s natural banding and amazing color, just having a little Malachite that you can look at whenever you like is certainly blessing enough!