Azurite Stone | Meaning and Properties
About the Mineral Azurite
The minerals azurite and malachite are both forms of oxidized copper, wherever one occurs the other is rarely far away. Azurite and malachite can also occur as one combined mineral and when they do it's known simply as azurite malachite. Prized for its impressive rich blue colour this highly sought after mineral is known to have been mined in Ancient Egypt and was ground down for use as a pigment.
During the Middle Ages and Renaissance azurite was the most important blue pigment however over time and under the right conditions it gradually turns into malachite. For this reason the blue colouration in some paintings from these periods has slowly turned green.
Azurite which is mainly used as a lapidary material is occasionally referred to as chessylite after the region in France where it was first identified.
In Ancient Egypt and on the mythical island of Atlantis, this blue mineral was believed to have psychic abilities hence has a long history of being used for psychic development and for increasing metaphysical powers. In crystal healing azurite is said to be beneficial for the mind and mental processes, stress relief, fears, phobias and memory.
Although popular as a gemstone because of its magnificent colour, azurite is a very soft stone which grades just 3½ to 4 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness. Most of the world's supply comes from France, Australia, Russia, Chile and the USA.
The photo at the top of our page was taken in London's Natural History Museum. Photo by Stone Mania ©.
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