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