Azurite Properties, Facts and Photos
What is Azurite?
Azurite is a rich blue coloured mineral that can be found in copper ore deposits. It often occurs with malachite.
Malachite and azurite are both forms of oxidised copper. Wherever one occurs the other is rarely far away. They can also occur together as one combined mineral. This material is known as azurite malachite.
Prized for its impressive blue colour azurite is known to have been mined in ancient Egypt. It was mostly ground down to be used as a pigment.
During the Middle Ages and Renaissance azurite was the most important blue pigment. Over time and under the right conditions it slowly turns into malachite in a process known as pseudomorphism. For this reason the blue colour in some paintings from these periods is now a shade of green.
Azurite is sought after by mineral collectors and widely used as a gemstone. It's also known as chessylite after the region in France where it was first identified. This name however is rarely used.
In ancient Egypt and on the mythical island of Atlantis, azurite was believed to have psychic abilities. For this reason it has a long history of being used to strengthen psychic powers.
Although popular as a gemstone azurite is very soft. On Mohs scale of mineral hardness which measures the scratch resistance of one stone against another it grades 3.5 to 4.
Most of the world's supply of azurite comes from France, Australia, Russia, Chile and the USA.
Azurite Healing Properties
When used for its metaphysical healing properties azurite benefits the mind and mental processes. It can relieve stress, fears, phobias and enhance memory function.
Azurite is believed to stimulate the body's natural self-healing mechanisms. It can also be used for detoxification. Due to its high copper content it should never be used as an elixir.
It can be used to enhance intuition and psychic ability. It opens the third eye chakra to promote spiritual awareness and insight.
When used during meditation azurite creates a deeper connection to the inner self and encourages a higher level of consciousness.
Azurite is associated with enhancing one's ability to express themself creatively. It's said to stimulate artistic inspiration and encourage the exploration of one's unique talents and abilities.
The azurite mineral in our photo at the top of the page is from Gila County, Arizona. The second piece is from central Australia. Photos courtesy of Stan Celesian.
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