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 Malachite, Red Gemstone Properties 

Design Possibilities

This gorgeous creamy gemstone with its pale red banding is like a woman who's been married for so long people have forgotten her actual family name. Known to most people as red malachite, this gemstone is actually a banded jasper. Like all jasper, it's part of the chalcedony "family." The "marriage" of jasper's lovely colors with malachite's fine banding makes red malachite unusually beautiful. If what color forecasters are saying is true-and they know-bolder colors will be the accent rage with fall and winter earth tones. Shades of red will be especially popular. As you look ahead, you'll want to stock up on red malachite beads-a scrumptious staple for your upcoming jewelry creations.

Metaphysical/Healing Properties

Red is the color of energy and courage. When it's "wedded" to jasper (a gemstone that celebrates life), the spiritual values of color and stone complement each other. Perhaps that's why red malachite always makes me think of Christmas. During the coldest, drabbest time of the year, the Christmas holidays arrive to cheer us. Red malachite is like that. It brightens our lives, reminding us to celebrate being alive, regardless of the situation or season. And it gives us the stamina to actually do it.
Mineral InformationSilicate, chalcedony, quartz group
Chemical CompositionSiO2
ColorCream with pale red banding
Hardness6-1/2 - 7
Specific Gravity2.58-2.91
Refractive IndexAbout 1.54

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**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.

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