|Perfect for the holidays,|
Malachite Jazmin earrings in yellow gold with
A copper carbonate, malachite was prized because it was the easiest copper mineral to reduce to copper metal. The scale of copper mining in the Sinai reached a size that made it the first real industry of the ancient world.
The Sinai area and its mines were considered under the spiritual dominion of Hathor, the Egyptian goddess of beauty, joy, love and women, who was also known as the "Lady of Greenstone," and "Lady of Malachite."
Reputed to have strong therapeutic properties, Egyptians believed that wearing malachite in bands around the head and arms protected the wearer from the frequent cholera epidemics that ravaged Egypt -- since slaves who mined malachite (a form of copper carbonate) were often unaffected by the plagues.
The Egyptians used malachite primarily for amulets, jewelry and cosmetics: powdered malachite was made into kohl, an Egyptian eye shadow. The application of the kohl was believed to place the women under the protection of Hathor. Applying the malachite mixture was to the Egyptians, partaking in the essence of Hathor herself.
|From my Charmed collection,|
here are the stunning Papillon earrings in
malachite, diamonds and yellow gold
Malachite has always been a women's mineral.
|Also from my Charmed collection,|
Cuore earrings in malachite and diamonds
|Malachite Room, Hermitage Museum|
St. Petersburg Russia