Malachite is a copper carbonate with a beautiful green color.
Copper Belt in Africa
The oxidation of copper deposits gives malachite its typical green color. The mineral is most abundant at the edges of these oxidation zones. The most beautiful Malachite is found on the edge of the copper belt in Africa. This is called the Malachite belt and extends from the Katanga province in Congo into Zambia.
Malachite as a gemstone
Malachite has been known as a gemstone for centuries. In ancient Egypt, the stone was already processed into an amulet or decorative object. Malachite objects have also been found among the ancient Greeks and Romans. It was also soon discovered that Malachite powder could serve as a colorant.
Effect of malachite
Malachite helps to strengthen friendships and optimizes empathy. Shame and inhibitions are reduced and hidden feelings are brought out. Malachite is also an excellent stone for trauma processing.