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Malachite was used as a mineral pigment in green paints from antiquity until c. 1800. The pigment is moderately lightfast, sensitive to acids, and varying in color. This natural form of green pigment has been replaced by its synthetic form, verditer, among other synthetic greens.
Malachite is also used for decorative purposes. Such as in the Malachite Room in the Hermitage Museum, which features a huge malachite vase, and the Malachite Room. They are in Castillo de Chapultepec in Mexico City. “The Tazza“, a large malachite vase, one of the largest pieces of malachite in North America and a gift from Tsar Nicholas II. It stands as the focal point in the centre of the room of Linda Hall Library.
Symbolism and superstitions
A 17th-century Spanish superstition held that having a child wear a lozenge of malachite would help them sleep, and keep evil spirits at bay. Marbodus recommended malachite as a talisman for young people because of its protective qualities and its ability to help with sleep. During the Middle Ages it was customary to wear it engraved with a figure or symbol of the Sun.
In ancient Egypt the color green has been associated with death. And also the power of resurrection as well as new life and fertility. Ancient Egyptians believed that the afterlife contained an eternal paradise, referred to as the ‘Field of Malachite’, which resembled their lives but with no pain or suffering.
More About Malachite
Malachite is a coppercarbonate hydroxide mineral. With the formulaCu2CO3(OH)2. This opaque, green-banded mineral crystallizes in the monoclinic crystal system. Also most often forms botryoidal, fibrous, or stalagmitic masses, in fractures and deep, underground spaces, where the water table and hydrothermal fluids provide the means for chemical precipitation. Individual crystals are rare, but occur as slender to acicular prisms. Pseudomorphs after more tabular or blocky azurite crystals also occur.
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