Malachite is most commonly known as the stone of transformation. It is a beautiful green stone that often has interesting black lines in it. Malachite is one of the most, and perhaps the most powerful stone found on earth. For this reason, practitioners and especially beginners use this stone in small quantities. Said to bring out to the surface what must be transformed, it is a stone to be approached with respect and care. Malachite was used by Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians for decoration, jewellery, and healing, and is still seen in much jewellery such as cabochons, earrings, and rings. Some of the issues that Malachite is said to aid with are the protection of business interests, bones, ligaments, muscles, childbirth, and physical or emotional stagnation. Malachite is often associated with the birth sign of Capricorn, which is an earth sign, strong, decisive, and capable. It is also said to help in relationships of all sorts. Malachite is as popular with crystal healers who seek out its metaphysical qualities as much as it is with more conventional gem enthusiasts and old fashioned ‘rock hounds’ who just love the look of this special eye-catching stone.