ETYMOLOGY:MALAQUITA = It comes from the greek malache = mallow ( the color mauve like the leaves of this plant), also of greek malakos = soft (for its low hardness). CHRYSOCOLLA = chrysos comes from greek that is "gold" and koala "glue", as the Greeks used this mineral for welding pieces of gold.
PRINCIPLE OF FORMATION:Secondary.
CLASS MINERAL:Silicates / carbonates.
CHEMICAL FORMULA, MINERAL ELEMENTS:(Cu, Al) 4H4 (OH) 8 Si4O10 · nH2O + Cu2 [(OH) 2 I CO3].
HARDNESS:4on the Mohs scale.
FIELDS:Russia, Zaire, Chile.
MINERALOGY:Originates from the oxidation zone of copper deposits (associated with azurite, cuprite and native copper) when silicon-rich surface waters dissolve copper from the rock, is a secondary mineral formation.
MYTHOLOGY: There is in St. Petersburg in the winter palace a piece of malachite remarkable end. In time the first french empire, looked at the Grand Trianon an ironing table and a glass candlesticks, all magnificent malachite. It was a gift from Russian emperor Napoleon I. The crisocola in ancient times used the miners as an indicator, since it is formed on top of the copperdeposits. Early reviews that must date back to 315 BC., Theophrastus hand indicating that this stone can weld gold. American Indian cultures used as a healing stone chrysocolla to enhance the strength and endurance of the body and to appease the states of maximum irritability.