This is a specimen of Azurite and Malachite, on a quartz matrix. Azurite and Malachite are two minerals frequently found together, they are both similar copper carbonate minerals. This specimen has come from Tinghir Province, Morocco.
Malachite is one of the more unusual semi precious stones. These days good quality Malachite is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain. When polished it is a stone with gorgeous bands of rich green shades of colour. With its rich opaque intensity of colour, it is quite unlike any other stone. It is a stone that has a high copper content, hence the strong green colours. A stone highly prized by the Greeks and also the ancient Egyptians. The Malachite room at the Hermitage Museum, and also the Malachite Room in ‘Castillo de Chapultepec’ Mexico City, have spectacular examples.
Metaphysically, malachite is the stone of intuition and insight, the stone of transformation. It also has the ability to repeat this over, and over again. This is a highly protective stone, especially for travellers. It is also a stone with powerful healing qualities. It is a stone useful for helping to restore strength after surgery or illness. Azurite, is also a powerful healing stone. It is a stone that can stimulate the mind and also help the memory. This is a stone that can can help reduce stress, worry and grief.
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