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Malachite: Ever Popular Patterns

Sunday, 04 October 2009

malachiteMountain green aka malachite is one of the natural minerals with patterns that are so admired. Since early times malachite was considered as the mineral that is able to recover the serenity of mind, sobriety and give the skill to take willful and wide decisions. According to ancient traditions, malachite is the stone of physicians and scientists and symbolizes accomplishment of desires. Malachite is known from the ancient times and it was highly popular from that time. The most ancient malachite item is the pendant from the neolithic cemetery in Irak.

The decorations are over 10500 years old. In the suburbs of Jericho malachite beads were found aged about 9000 years. Another famous decoration is the malachite gem with the head of Izida Goddess, the splendid item. Those times people were attracted by the magnificent beauty of malachite and elegant landscape patterns. Yet, the solar disc trimmed in copper especially carved from malachite attracts good luck and is the strongest talisman for happiness.

Ancient Egyptians highly appreciated malachite for its green color since this color symbolized peace and eternity. Also malachite was used as the thing to cal down, and Neron would cause the malachite powder mix with sand and spread around the circus stage for peace purposes. Though they say that the Emperor intended to attract authority and popularity rather than peace for malachite is able to raise the interest to its owner and supply the energy of Venus and Pluto.

It is curious but in ancient times malachite was widely used in cosmetics as well as for hygienic purposes in spite of its honor to the stone and its magic properties. For instance, the grinded malachite mixed with grease was used as eye-shadows in Ancient Egypt. Though, not only the issue of beauty mattered. The point is that sharp and dry winds cause irritation of eye mucosa and inflammation of eyelids. Malachite (copper salts) has antibacterial properties and «makeup» based on malachite protected eyes from sand and dust and prevented from various inflammatory processes.

During Middle Ages malachite was not that popular as in the past because rich deposits of the mineral were not discovered. As the consequence, the malachite was said to have more magic properties than in Ancient Egypt. The green color of the mineral, the symbol of growth and life, provoked that the stone became the amulet for pregnant women for malachite was believed to relieve delivery. A piece of malachite was attached to kids' beds to protect from evils and supply quiet, peaceful and sweet dreams for babies. In Germany malachite was considered ad the amulet of horsemen and those who worked on the height, since by superstitions of medieval people the stone prevented from falling from high. Also malachite was believed to predict events and grieves when it fell down into pieces before any bad events.

Boetsiy de Boodt, the author to «History of Precious Stones» (1603) stated that the sign of the sun engraved on the malachite protects from wicked enchantments and poisonous creatures.  There was another myth that a properly made malachite talisman could make a person invisible.

Another belief is based on the green color of malachite, and those who drink from malachite cup or eat from malachite dish would understand the language of animals and birds.

Malachite became greatly demanded and reputed when it was abundantly discovered in the Urals (Gumeshkovskiy mine) in the end of XVIII century. after the rich deposits of malachite were mined, it kept the dominant position among other minerals as the decoration stone for palace interior and was widely used to manufacture jewelry.

Unfortunately, malachite is currently not used widely since deposits are developed and only little malachite is used to manufacture columns, vases or doors. Now this mineral is widely used toproduce jewels. Pendants and brooches, rings and earrings, bracelets and other jewelry is what we have made from malachite these days though it is still highly demanded and popular.

Inessa Hyder 

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