(1) Forms en masses in fractures and spaces deep underground, where the water table and hydrothermal fluids provide the means for chemical precipitation.
(2) Malachite often results from weathering of copper ores and is often found together with other minerals such as azurite and calcite.
(3) Archeologists believe the mineral has been mined and smelted to obtain copper at Timna Valley in Israel for over 3,000 years.
(1) The pharaohs often lined the inside of their headdresses and pulverized into a fine powder and used as a brilliant eye shadow.
(2) Malachite was used as a mineral pigment in green paints from antiquity until about 1800.
(1) In Switzerland and in several villages of Savoie in the French Alps, Malachite crosses are thought to bring good luck to pregnant women, and mothers of large families are proud to show their collections of Malachite crosses.
(2) In some German villages, Malachite is still considered to be a talisman for children today.