Green gemstone from Africa
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Malachite is a copper carbonate with a beautiful green color.
Copper belt in Africa
Due to the oxidation of copper deposits, malachite gets its typical green color. It is at the edge of these oxidation zones that the mineral is common. The most beautiful Malachite is found on the edge of the copper belt in Africa. This is called the Malachite belt and extends from Katanga province in Congo all the way to Zambia.
Malachite as a gemstone
Malachite has been known for centuries as gemstone. In ancient Egypt the stone was already processed into amulets and decorative art. Objects of malachite were also found at the ancient Greeks and Romans. It was in this period that they discovered that Malachite powder could be used as a dye.
Working of malachite
Malachite helps to enhance friendships and optimize empathy. Shame is reduced and hidden feelings are encouraged. Malachite is also a useful stone for trauma treatment.