'Malachite' The Traveler's Stone.
||3.5 - 4.00
Belief & Birthstone
Malachite symbolism has strong associations with travelers of all kinds as well as children. Both groups of people need all the protection they can get. people wore malachite pieces resembling eyes to ward away the Evil Eye. Typically, these pieces were triangular in shape and set in silver. Since the symbolic power of light could supposedly keep away “dark” magic influences, gem carvers also cut the rayed figure of the Sun into malachite amulets. Parents would also hang malachite beads on cradles to protect infants from evil spirits and bring tranquil sleep. For adults, holding a malachite in hand reputedly brought comfort and restful sleep.
||Light green to dark green or nearly black
||An opaque gemstone with a dull luster and translucen.
||Commonly cut the stone into beads or cabochons.