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Facts About Azurite-Description, Properties, and Uses

A Botany graduate, Nithya Venkat enjoys researching and writing about topics that interest her.

Azurite from China

Azurite from China

Azurite is a copper mineral that has a deep blue color called “Azure.” Azurite is derived from the Arabic word for blue. It is produced by the weathering of copper ore deposits.

Azurite has been used for thousands of years as decorative stones for jewelry and ornamental objects. Early Egyptians thought that Azurite had the power to communicate with spirits.

Azurite has been used for many centuries as a pigment to give a unique blue color. It was used extensively in the paintings through the Middle Ages and Renaissance in Europe.

Native Americans used Azurite as a sacred stone for communication with the Indian Spirit guides. Mayans have used Azurite for sacred communications.

Azurite is found in Australia, Chile, France, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, the South Western USA, and Zaire. Samples of Azurite can be found displayed at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

Description and Properties of Azurite

Azurite is a copper carbonate hydroxide mineral, a secondary mineral formed in the oxidized portions of copper deposits.

Azurite is soft with a deep blue color that is unique only to this mineral stone. Azurite is found in groups of crystals in the natural form. Azurite crystals are monoclinic and can be found as radiating, botryoidal, or as incrusting crystals (crystallization system).

Azurite forms in nature when copper ores oxidize. It changes into the mineral malachite that is green as it absorbs water from the surrounding atmosphere over a period. Azurite and malachite are found existing next to each other; it is also found with minerals such as limonite and chalcopyrite.

Azurite is highly unstable; when exposed to air, it turns into a green malachite.

This image shows two parts of a section of a wall of a cave near Brisbee, Arizona. It is on display at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

This image shows two parts of a section of a wall of a cave near Brisbee, Arizona. It is on display at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

Healing Properties of Azurite

It is believed that the inherent properties of azurite are supposed to act as

  • liver stimulant
  • help in detoxification of the body
  • stimulates the production of thyroid hormones
  • encourages growth
  • stimulates brain and nerve activity
  • help to relieve mental stress
  • alleviates bone and joint problems
  • eases kidney, gall bladder, and thyroid problems
High-purity azurite is ground into a powder to be used as pigments.

High-purity azurite is ground into a powder to be used as pigments.

A jewelry box carved from azurite with patterns of cuprite and malachite.

A jewelry box carved from azurite with patterns of cuprite and malachite.

Uses of Azurite

Azurite for healing

Azurite is supposed to have inherent healing energy and helps to enhance health and well-being. It is supposed to help in communication with higher spirits and enhance psychic awareness, psychic skills, and psychic abilities.

Azurite for meditation

Azurite is used during meditation to increase concentration and the positive flow of energy. It is supposed to help enter the state of meditation easily. It is believed that the presence of copper in azurite helps to increase the flow of energy within the body.

Azurite used for jewelry

Azurite is used to make beads and ornamental stones. Azurite stones are fixed on rings and pendants for attaining the benefits of azurite.

References

Azurite

Introduction to Azurite

The Mineral Azurite

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Comments

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on November 15, 2016:

Tristan Dixon I am happy this article helped you to know more about Azurite.

Tristan Dixon on November 15, 2016:

I learned so much from this

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on January 15, 2015:

FlourishAnyway thank you and yes the color is brilliant!

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 14, 2015:

The color is brilliant, and I sure didn't know about the color changing to green/Malachite. Great hub here!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on December 31, 2014:

DDE thank you for your visit and vote up. Azurite is amazing.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 31, 2014:

This is amazing! So beautiful and now i know so much more about the facts of Azurite. Voted up!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on December 28, 2014:

manatita44 thank you and wishing you a Happy New Year.

BlossomSB yes happy times, Australia is a lovely place filled with nature's beauty.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on December 28, 2014:

A very interesting hub. Years ago when our children were small we were members of a rockhound club. Our children each had their own small tools and a little bag to hold their find. Although we live in Australia where azurite is found, I don't recall finding any, but we certainly found lots of other semiprecious stones. I only ever learned to make cabs, but my husband was great at faceting, and I made the settings, usually in sterling silver. Happy times.

manatita44 from london on December 27, 2014:

Interesting stone, interesting colour and its been around for a while, you say? Never heard of it. But then I never heard of Tanzanite until I went to Tanzania. Wonderful article. Happy New Year!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on December 27, 2014:

pstraubie48 thank you!

tobusiness thank you Citrine earrings are great! Wishing you all the best for a bright and prosperous new year.

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on December 27, 2014:

Beautiful and informative article. I've discovered two lovely crystals this Christmas. I received a beautiful pair of Citrine earrings as a Christmas gift and learned about the stones of heaven, what more can a girl wish for.:) A great share. Best wishes for 2015.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 27, 2014:

It is gorgeous . I did not know of its possible medicinal properties...will indeed need to explore.

Angels are on the way to you this morning.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on December 26, 2014:

tirelesstraveler thank you for your visit. Azure is my favorite color too.

Judy Specht from California on December 26, 2014:

Very informative hub. I had no idea Azurite had anything to do with copper.

Love the color Azure.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on December 26, 2014:

billybuc thank you for your constant support, much appreciated.

Perspycacious thank you for reading and yes azure is a rare beautiful color.

AliciaC thank you for reading and leaving a comment, much appreciated.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 26, 2014:

Thank you for sharing the interesting information about a beautiful mineral, Vellur.

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on December 26, 2014:

Azure is one of the rare colors not found in eyes though I seem to recall that some author made reference to such. That it changes to a green malachite when exposed to air, must complicate its use in jewelry. Interesting Hub, thanks.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 26, 2014:

Very interesting information. This is one of the reasons I love HP...the fascinating facts I learn. Thank you for this.

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