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What is Azurite?

Azurite is a rich blue coloured mineral that often occurs with malachite.  Both are forms of oxidised copper.  Wherever one occurs the other is rarely far away.  Azurite and malachite can also occur as one combined mineral.  This material is known as azurite malachite.

Prized for its impressive rich 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 occasionally referred to as chessylite after the region in France where it was first identified.

rich blue coloured azurite mineral

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.

When used for its healing properties azurite benefits the mind and mental processes.  It can relieve stress, fears, phobias and enhance memory function.

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.

Article Pictures

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.

Both images are clickable and redirect to the original non-compressed photo.

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