Malachite is a gorgeous green banded stone, with colours of the bands ranging from light green to a very dark green. It is very easily recognised, and has a distinctive, attractive look. Its name comes from old Greek, meaning “mallow-coloured stone”, after the Mallow plant. It has been called the “mirror of the soul”, and is widely used for its healing powers.

Historically, it has long been considered a stone of protection for children; if a piece was attached to a child’s crib, then evil spirits would be held at bay and the child would sleep soundly.

Strangely enough, malachite is also believed is protect the wearer from falls, and would warn of impending disaster by breaking into pieces.

It is the anniversary stone for the 13th wedding anniversary.