SIZE: 2mm wide x 3mm long
STONE: Malachite, Block (Simulated)
SHAPE: Heshi, Tube
PACKAGE: 42 Beads (approx. 5 inches)
MALACHITE: is a copper ore carbonate that derives its name from the Greek word "molochitis" meaning, "mallow-green stone". The mineral properties of Malachite are very similar to those of Azurite with exception of color; Malachite being green while Azurite is blue. The two minerals are often found together although Malachite is more common than Azurite. Malachite’s banded light and dark green patterns are one of a kind, giving it a unique ornamental quality unlike any other gemstone.
"Block" Gemstone is the general term used to describe either a reconstituted or man-made reproduction which may or may not contain any natural byproduct or gemstone partials. The reference to "block" more often describes the process whereby a mixture of resins and dyes are combined to produce a loaf sized block suitable for carving small heshi beads and intricate pieces for inlay work.
Malachite is said to aid in the regeneration of body cells, as well as creating a sense of calm and peace that helps one to sleep. It has also been worn by some to detect impending danger. This beautiful green stone offers bands of varying hues and is believed by many to lend extra energy. It is said that gazing at Malachite or holding it relaxes the nervous system and calms stormy emotions. Malachite is also credited for bringing harmony into one's life as well as bestowing knowledge and patience. Traditionally, it was used as a children's talisman to ward off danger and illness.
Malachite is the alternative birthstone for the zodiac signs of Capricorn and Scorpio and also represents the 13th wedding anniversary.
*Information regarding gemstone lore and metaphysical properties has been compiled from various sources and is for entertainment purposes only. No claims or promises are expressed or implied.*