Hello everyone, it's been a while since the last time I posted here.
I've just made basic copper carbonate at home, which is the main chemical compound in malachite, so I was wondering what properties might it have and if it has some use in magic. Also, I'd like to try and make other stone powders like calcium carbonate (marble) and various silicates (quartz).
From what I can imagine, since the chemical is the same it should retain properties linked to its colour but on the other hand it should lose those related to shape and crystal structure.
Is there any helpful reading on the matter you can suggest me?
That's pretty interesting, a copper carbonate is a powder, but I've known solid copper to be used for healing. I suppose powder could be used for the same thing, although... perhaps more of in a ritual of sorts? There's many ritual powders for many things, this could be for a healing ritual, theoretically. I also think the copper carbonate would lose it's ability to be a strong energy conductor.
Your logic on the stone powders seems accurate. For example, you said you wanted to make quartz, I feel like it would have some of it's properties, but say it's property of receiving energy might be a bit nullified due to it not being structural. But it might actually make it better for some things, the powder substance could be, I don't know, spread around to dispel negativity.
These are just my thoughts on it, chemistry wasn't my strong suit so I'm probably not the best at incorporating it into magic.
From what I've gathered copper compounds in the powdered form are much more harmful to the environment and to our health, so maybe they should better be kept in glass vials. Since glass is transparent to visible light, it might not be a problem for some rituals.
On the other hand, powders can have a few advantages over solid stones: they can take the shape of a container, for example a glass statue, they won't easily break if the container is tough enough, they can be mixed with other powders for multiple benefits and effects, they grant a touch of uniqueness and personality (who else uses powdered stones?)