Malachite is a green copper hydroxide and copper ore. It is considered one of the earliest ores ever mined, as early as 4000 B.C. by the ancient Egyptians. They crushed the malachite into a powder and used it as eye paint, pigment for wall paintings, and as a glaze and coloring for glass. Malachite got its name from the Greek for “mallow” as they determined the stones deep green colors resemble the leaves of the mallow plant. As it is only a minor copper ore, today malachite is used mainly as an ornamental material and gemstone. Malachite is mostly found in Russia, U.S.A., and the Dem. Rep. of Congo. Metaphysically, malachite is used for protection and amplification of energy.