This malachite pendant is definitely up there with my own personal favourites. I just love the varying shades of green that run through it. To me, they look like streams of sunlight breaking through the trees, giving a woodland an almost magical feel. A perfect representation of the magic that is Connemara.
Malachite was used as a mineral pigment in green paints from antiquity until about 1800, when it was replaced by an artificial pigment. Because of its lustrous colours, malachite was often used to create ornate vases or masks.
There are a lot of superstitions attached to this stone. In 17th century Spain it was believed to aid sleep and keep evil spirits away, when worn as a talisman.
In the Middle Ages malachite was worn to maintain health, and keep depression at bay.
The Ancient Egyptians loved this stone so much, they believed the afterlife contained an eternal paradise, referred to as the "Field of Malachite", which resembled their own lives, but without the pain and suffering.
Photo Credit: By JJ Harrison (https://www.jjharrison.com.au/) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7515677