Malachite: Stone of Transformation

Malachite: Stone of Transformation

by Katie Hacker for CandieCooper.com

Are you thinking of making a transition in your life? Malachite is a good stone to support you through this transformation. Malachite is known as a healing stone that helps balance body, mind and spirit. It helps clear blockages, supports change and stimulates insight.

The color green symbolizes growth and renewal, making malachite’s striped patterns symbolic of abundance and new beginnings. You can increase its nourishing wood energy by combining it with wooden beads. Turquoise, hematite and pyrite are also good partners.

You might be drawn to malachite for its ability to help balance emotions, guard against negativity and support change. A malachite stretch bracelet is a visual reminder to check-in with yourself. What do you need to let go of so you can move forward?

Worn by ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, malachite is back in the spotlight. People are attracted to the boho vibe that made the verdant green stone so appealing in the 70s. Trend-spotters at this year’s JCK Las Vegas report that beaded bar necklaces, stacked bracelets and eye-catching pendants are giving it a fresh, updated look. People are attracted to the boho vibe that made the verdant green stone so appealing in the 70s.

Malachite is not just for jewelry. Bring the peacefulness of nature into your home by hanging a strand of malachite where you’ll often see it. Or, attach malachite to your key ring for safe travels. Malachite has a long history of being incorporated into the home.

Jewelry journalist and expert Cathleen McCarthy of The Jewelry Loupe says, “what I think of every time I see malachite (especially large pieces) is Imperial Russia, especially the Malachite Room of the Winter Palace. Also I think of Nicolai Medvedev’s intarsia boxes. Nicolai has lived and worked in the U.S. for many years but he trained in Moscow and spent a lot of time at the Hermitage. He is a master of intarsia and malachite is a primary feature of his work.”

Although malachite is known for being mined in Russia, it is now primarily mined in Africa. African malachite is particularly known its concentric patterns. Usually found near copper deposits, malachite is formed through the combination of carbonated water, limestone and copper.

If you’re going to cut malachite slabs into cabochons or other shapes, metalsmith Jeff Fulkerson says, “Malachite is a beautiful stone. It’s a copper derivative as so many stones are (turquoise, azurite, chrysocolla). When cutting it, #1 – it’s toxic, so wear a mask and ALWAYS cut wet. #2 – The lines and patterns that make it so appealing also make it ‘chippy’ meaning it tends to chip and split as you try to cut/polish it. No way around it, just go for it.”

That’s the message of malachite. If you’re ready to make a change: ready, set, go for it! Set your intention and get started. The vibrant energy of malachite will support your transformation.

Katie Hacker is the host of Beads, Baubles & Jewels. She loves gemstones and their attributes. She’s going to place a strand of malachite near her computer for productivity.

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Make sure that you register for the correct goodie bag. Read through the whole post to make sure you get on the right list.

Coffee With Candie LIVE Event:

Coffee with Candie will be held from 9 to 10 AM in the lobby of the convention center just next to the Bead Fest registration area. This is not a Bead Fest event–you can register by through the link below. Registration is only for those that will be attending the event. Can’t make it to the event? Keep reading for your chance to get a SWAG bag.

Coffee with Candie PLUS Make and Take sponsored by:

Bead Fest Tacoma 2018 CWC RegistrationCost is $20 per person and you must pick up your swag bag in person.

Bead Fest Tacoma Candie Cooper Classes:

If you will be attending the event live why don’t you join me in class? Check out all of the Candie Cooper Bead Fest Tacoma classes on the Bead Fest website and register for one, or two or all of them.

Classes are sponsored by Beadalon, Dakota Stones and Sizzix and LeatherCord USA. Be sure to head over to the sponsor’s pages and show them some love. Without them I wouldn’t be able to bring you these great classes at an AMAZING price.

Wild at Heart SWAG Bags:

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to the event, I haven’t forgot about you. For those that aren’t able to make it to live event we will be selling SAWG bags right here on the blog. By clicking the purchase link you will be taken to PayPal to fill out your information and pay the invoice.

There are 150 SWAG bags for those of you who can’t make the event. In order to make it fair for everyone to have a chance to purchase the SWAG bag we will be listing 75 of them at 9am EST and another 75 at 9pm EST. There is only one link to purchase. We will update the quantity with the second set of 75 at 9pm.

If you don’t get a bag at the first release please mark your calendar and check back for the second release. Please do NOT send us a message saying that you missed the bags at 9am, you will have a second chance in the evening. When the bags are sold out we are sold out.

PLEASE ONLY ONE BAG PER PERSON. Let’s all be kind and only take one bag per person. This will allow everyone a better chance of getting a bag. Thank you for understanding. SWAG bags are $20 plus $7 shipping. These will be sent in small priority boxes after the event is over.Wild At Heart SWAG Bag Purchase link