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Another happy Tuesday from Gem Steady! In honor of the beginning of March this week’s focus will be on an immaculate green gem. In fact, I’m challenging myself to dedicate each week’s blog to a green gem throughout the entire month. We may still a few weeks away from the famously green holiday of St. Patrick’s Day; however, learning more about a green beauty is a great way to get into the spirit of the holiday. With the cold of winter still lingering on looking forward to classic spring holidays is a great way to warm up.
So try to remember warmer times with me as we dive right into our gem of the week – Malachite! This gorgeous gem’s name is derived from the Greek word for mallow green stone because of its similarity to the leaves of the Mallow plant. This stone was used to create amazing pigment in green paints until around 1800. Ancient Egyptians often mined Malachite between the Suez and Sinai around 4,000 B.C. Ancient Greeks and Romans also used Malachite for jewelry, ornaments and even eye shadow.
The stone has also been used in various decorative manners such as in the Malachite Room in the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg and the Malachite Room in Castillo de Chapultepec in Mexico City. The Linda Hall Library in Kansas City, Missouri, features one of the largest pieces of malachite in North America, which was a gift from Tsar Nicholas II. Malachite has been mined and used as a gemstone in the Timna Valley in Israel for over 3,000 years.
This great gem can also help you to heal both physically and emotionally by stimulating the Life Force throughout the aura and body. Malachite is believed to be a protection stone, which will absorb the negative energies around you. It is also believed to be able to protect its wearer from radiation of all kinds.
Malachite is the perfect gem for a frequent traveler. It can help to alleviate the effects of jet lag, will encourage easy business travel and can even help protect you while traveling on congested highways. Additionally, Malachite is a stone that will help protect airplanes from accidents and miners from unexplained accidents.
This gem also alleviates the effects malaria and Parkinson’s disease. It can also help with asthma, intestinal problems and rheumatic pain. Malachite will help to lower blood pressure, treat epilepsy and vertigo. This gem can also strengthen the immune system and cure kidney and gallstones. Additionally, Malachite will encourage you to take more emotion risks and alleviate shyness. Malachite is associated with the Heart Chakra.
Malachite has been used to honor Hathor, the Egyptian goddess of joy and fertility, and the patron of Egyptian miners. The gem is also used to honor Isis, the Egyptian goddess of life, one of the best-known goddess of Egyptian mythology. Finally, the gem used to honor Persephone, the Greek goddess of spring.
Are you searching for a great new addition to your gem collection? If so, check out Gem Steady’s amazing selection! Do you have any experience with Malachite, or have a favorite green gem? We would love to hear about it, leave us a comment below or tweet us!
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-Best Intern AR