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Azurite | A-z About This Mineral

limz Published On Tue Feb 25 2020   Modified On Tue Feb 25 2020
Azurite | A-z About This Mineral

Azurite is a copper carbonate hydroxide mineral that is highly known throughout the world for its amazing deep blue to violet-blue color. The beautiful blue color of this stone is known as "Azure" which was derived from the old French word "Azur" which simply means "Blue".

Azurite is a symbol of wisdom, truth, dignity, power, stability, creativity, willpower, and positivity.

Let us learn more about Azurite.

Meaning

Along with malachite, Azurite is a basic copper carbonate mineral that is found in nature. As these minerals are associated with copper deposits, it is a source of copper. Throughout history, Azurite is believed to be highly associated with the third-eye chakra and it awakens and balances this chakra. It helps to promote intuition and spiritual guidance, awaken psychic abilities, improve inner wisdom, stimulate instinctive self, and promote introspection.

Origin and History

Natural Azurite Gemstone.
Natural Azurite Gemstone.
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Azurite is derived from the Persian word "lazhward" which means "Blue". This name was given in allusion to its beautiful color. It was also known as chessylite during the early 19th century, in allusion to its type locality at Chessy-Les-Mines near Lyon, France. This elusive mineral was also known as "kupfernickel" in Germany which means "copper demon".

 A well-known psychic and prophet, Edgar Cayce believed that priests and priestesses of Atlantis used it as a healing and spiritual stone. These beautiful stones were believed to be discovered around the 18th century and were used as a blue pigment in European painting.

Formation Process

Most of the Azurites are formed when carbon-dioxide-laden waters fall into the Earth and react with subsurface copper ores. The carbonic acid starts to dissolve a small amount of copper from the ore of these waters. Then the dissolved copper is carried with the water until it reaches a new geochemical environment. In this process, if the conditions are right Azurites may form and if these conditions exist for a long period, a significant amount of these stones may form.

Formula

The chemical formula of Azurite is Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2. These stones have a hardness of 3.5-4 according to the Mohs scale and they have a vitreous luster.

Types

  • Kupferbalu
  • Zincazurite

Colors Available

Blue Azurite Necklace.
Blue Azurite Necklace.
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The color of Azurite varies from dark to pale-blue and azure-blue.

Mines Available

  • Santa Lucia Mine, Andalusia, Spain
  • Jean-Baptise Mine, Attica, Greece
  • Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia

Cost Per Carat

Generally, you will find Azurite mixed with Malachite in the market and it can cost up to $50 to $150 but pure and large Azurite in raw form can be of higher prices.

Uses

  • Azurite is commonly and widely used as a blue pigment in antiquity.
  • Due to its beautiful and intense color, it is a quite popular stone among collectors.
  • It is also used as an ore of copper.
  • These stones can also be used as a gemstone in various forms of jewelry.

Spiritual Properties

  • Azurite helps to heighten consciousness, achieve deep meditation, inspire the actualization of the mystic self, promote clairvoyance, and boost your memory.
  • These stones can aid hearing problems and asthma, clear any kind of stress, boost the immune system, treat detoxification, and repair brain cells.
  • It can also help to enhance creativity, improve one's concentration, develop a perpetual sense, clear the mind, and purify the body.

Facts

Bluebird Azurite.
Bluebird Azurite.
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  • As Azurite is fairly soft, it is not commonly used for jewelry making.
  • These stones get their blue color due to the presence of copper in it.
  • A rare form "Bluebird" is a natural combination of Azurite and Cuprite.
  • It has a light blue streak and brittle tenacity.

Jewelry Stores Near You

  • Fair Trade Jewelry & Co., Ontario, Canada
  • The Fossil Cartel, Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Monica Vinader, London, UK

Online Stores

  • Silver and Earth
  • Gem Rock Auctions

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