Polished natural malachite specimen. Shown with a quarter to illustrate size.
Malachite is a carbonate containing 57 percent copper. It is azurite without the attached water molecule, though both are found in copper mines. This green banded mineral often forms in masses deep underground where there is precipitation.
In the healing world, it is thought to be a stone of transformation and balance, assisting ones spiritual journey. Capable of stimulating intuition and insight while helping to clear past unwanted influences. It was once worn as a stone of protection.