Azurite gemstone pendant featuring a distinctive blue coloured polished cabochon. As with all of the ladies pendants in our collection this piece has been crafted entirely by hand in a setting of fine sterling silver.
Pulverised by the Ancient Egyptians so that it could be used in cosmetics and for other colouring purposes, azurite was widely used during the Middle Ages and throughout the Renaissance was the primary source of blue colour in almost all European paintings. Over time and under the right conditions azurite can turn into malachite which is why the blue skies in some of earliest paintings are now a shade of green. The azurite used during this period came mostly from France and the word "azure" which today refers to a specific shade of blue once referred to a blue dye.
Azurite grades 3½ to 4 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness so it's a relatively soft stone that must be handled carefully. The sterling silver setting looks slightly chunkier in our photograph than it actually is because of the angle at which the photo was taken.