Along with lapis lazuli, Malachite is one of human kinds first precious stones. It has been used for over 7,000 years and was quite popular with ancient Egyptians. Malachite has been associated with numerous goddesses throughout history, such as the Egyptian goddesses Toeris, and Hathor as well as the Greek goddess Venus. Malachite is easily recognized for it is a deep banded green color. Like Lapis, Malachite was ground and used as a pigment.