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According to anthropological evidence, malachite was mined by ancient Egyptians as far back as 4000 B.C. Initially, malachite was ground and used as a powered pigment for cosmetics and paints, but the copper released during the grinding process made the air too toxic to breathe. Regardless, malachite was revered as a sacred stone. In the "Egyptian Book of the Dead," it is said that the goddess of the sky "drops stars on the earth in the shape of green stones." Though malachite is considered a relatively soft stone, with a Mohs hardness rating of 3.5 to 4, it can still withstand a hard polish and thus is sought-after for ornamental carvings and jewelry.

Malachite promotes growth and strength, and is a remedy against heart pains, asthma, and menstrual cramping (often called the "mid-wives stone"). It is also effective in promoting understanding, spiritually, concentration and overcoming lovesickness.

Astrologically, malachite is associated with Virgo and Capricorn.

Moonlit Waters jewelry incorporating malachite includes:

Gaia's Treasure Pele's Vitality
Gaia's Treasure
Pele's Vitality
Malachite
Malachite
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