One more Monday, one more post about the history of the material, one more green stone. Guessed it? Today I want to tell you about the malachite stone!
For the first time the giant deposits of malachite were discovered in Russia, mainly russian jewelers glorified this mineral in Europe and then worldwide. Lots of russian writers and storytellers wrote fairy tales about the malachite stone, I still remember the book from my childhood with the beautiful name “The Malachite Casket”. Malachite was adored, people literally raved about it! This is a truly royal stone with a legendary history.It is one of those gems that spawned in people something like the gold rush Click To Tweet
It is also found worldwide including in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Zambia, Tsumeb, Namibia, Mexico, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Lyon, France, Timna Valley, Israel and the Southwestern United States.
At all times, malachite attracted creators of artistic values. Some of them used this mineral in general for decorative jewelry. Other triturated it for the manufacture of a green paint, just like lapis was used to create a paint of indigo color. Only such stones, with a deep saturation and an absence of transparency, were strongly appreciated by artists. In addition, only malachite has an incredibly rare color that borders between shades of the pine forest and sea waves.
The stone’s name derives (via Latin: molochītis, Middle French: melochite, and Middle English melochites) from Greek Μολοχίτης λίθος molochitis lithos, “mallow-green stone”, from μολόχη molōchē, variant of μαλάχη malāchē, “mallow”. The mineral was given this name due to its resemblance to the leaves of the mallow plant.
In ancient Egypt, women elongated their eyes with a solution of malachite greenery and created the first green eyeshadows from a malachite powder.Malachite, as well as lapis, was the first stone, which was used as the primeval cosmetics. Click To Tweet
And all is due to the wide variety of colors of the malachite stone – it has all shades of green, even the black-green and the white-green.
The special charm of the natural malachite is given by thin-rounded patterns that occur during a skilful processing of the malachite stone. Although malachite is a relatively widespread gem, it forms a solid dripstoned shapes that can be used in jewelry manufacturing very rarely.
This fact was noted by Arabian scientists in the middle of the last century. It is believed that wearing of jewelry made with malachite stone is not for everyone, as it is difficult to find the outfit, that can be perfectly complemented by malachite adornment.And also it's believed that malachite is a jewelry only for elderly women. Click To Tweet
In the late twenties of the 19th century malachite was very expensive and it also was a symbol of wealth – a very distinctive mark of social distinction among the Russian nobility.Jewelry made with malachite were worn by women of the upper class and wealthy families. Click To Tweet
This stone was also used to produce vases, bowls, plates for facing expensive interiors and furniture inlays. Jewelers use the most beautiful units of malachite in the form cabochons for inserts in jewelry.
Special features of this mineral were observed already in ancient times. For the first time people started talking about “magical” properties of the malachite stone in the year 4000 BC. At this time in Egypt was an outbreak of cholera, which has claimed countless lives and hasn’t affected only on those who worked on the production of malachite. This case gave the malachite stone a very significant status. Malachite gem quickly started to be used as a talisman against diseases in the form of beads, pendants and bracelets.
Since that moment and till today malachite stone is considered “the gem of health”, it is a remedy for asthma, rheumatism, toothache, poisoning and it also expels a melancholy. A lot of experimental psychologists and people committed to the alternative medicine believe that malachite is able to cure many mental illnesses, calm nerves, and at the same time raise the spirit, produce the vital energy and output a person out of the depression.
It should be worn on the child’s neck for a protection from diseases and dangers. In ancient times people wore a ring with malachite as the guardian of cholera and the plague. And it is also believed, that the owner of the malachite cup, who regularly use it for drinking, is able to “understand” the language of our brethren animals.
Temple of Diana columns at Ephesus (ancient Greece) are lined with malachite, later they wer transferred to Constantinople for the decoration of St. Sophia temple. The Russian Museum “Hermitage” has a collection that includes more than two hundred malachite adornments.
And that’s the story of the legendary malachite stone. Be inspired and please your eyes with beautiful jewelry more often! See you next time! 🙂