Malachite is a copper carbonate hydroxide mineral, formed by the precipitation copper rich solutions in limestone regions. It often forms stalactites, which when sliced reveal the the wonderful vivid green banding characteristic of the gemstone.
It has been used for jewellery since Ancient Egyptian times and also as a pigment by artists . It is still valued and used by skilled art restorers.
Malachite is the stone of balance and harmony, abundance , empathy and positivity .It is associated with the Demeter ,Greek goddess of the Earth and fertility. A birthstone for Taurus.