9.74 ct.@200 per. ct.
Despite its very low hardness and lack of durability, Malachite remains a popular green gemstone due to its unique and desirable color habit. Most of the Malachite gemstones have banding or vein-like color patterns; solid-color gems are not commonly available due to their lack of interest. The most desirable pattern in Malachite is rounded concentric eye-like rings. Malachite has historically been worn as a healing gemstone. It was used as a protection against the evil eye and given to children to wear to protect them from having nightmares. Malachite also heals rheumatic pain. This gem assures health and prosperity, as well as good spirits and success in love. Malachite was since long valued as a protection against lightning and other disasters in nature. Also it was attributed the power of strengthening the heart to withstand the disturbing effect of vertigo in high places, and to overcome the poison of insect or animal bites or of enemy potions. In powdered form, malachite was taken mixed with milk to cure stomach ailments. Mixed with honey, it stopped the bleeding of wounds. Mothers in central Europe still prize it as an amulet in childbirth and during the teething period of infants. A piece of malachite tied to the child’s crib or bed assures peaceful sleep. Even today there are people who use Malachite as a gemstone for holistic and spiritual purposes.