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 Azurite

 

Gemstone :
Azurite

Birthstone Month :
Azurite is not associated with any particular birthstone month.

Zodiac :
Azurite is sometimes associated with the zodiac sign of Taurus and sometimes associated with the zodiac sign of Sagittarius.

Chemical Symbol :
Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2

Chemical Make-up :
Azurite is made up of basic copper carbonate minerals

History & Lore :
There is not 100% agreement regarding the exact origins of the name Azurite, but the two most widely accepted opinions are that the word Azurite is derived from either the Arabic word azul, or the Persian word lazhward, both of which translate to the color blue.

Azurite helps to relieve pain caused by rheumatism and skin issues. In addition to this, Azurite promotes wisdom, increases psychic awareness / ability by unblocking mental blocks and dissipating negativity. Azurite alleviates anger and soothes and calms the nerves, as well as being believed to help eyesight. Azurite is associated with the Third Eye and Throat Chakras and considered an aid to meditation.

Availability :
Azurite crystals are somewhat rare and are highly sought after. Azurite crystal demand will soon likely outstrip supply.

 

Sources :
IThere are known Azurite deposits in Australia, Chile, England, France, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, United States (Arizona, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Utah), and Zaire.

Evaluation :
Azurite is rated at 3.5 – 4 on the Moh's Scale of Hardness, meaning that this gemstone is best suited to brooches, earrings and pendants, although it is often set in rings. Special care should be taken when wearing Azurite because it scratches relatively easily.

Azurite is most frequently found in shades of blue (ranging from light blue to dark blue), although more rarely, Azurites that include dark red colorations are discovered. This is referred to as the Bluebird form of Azurite. The red coloration is a result of Cuprite mixing with the Azurite. Generally speaking, the closer to “azure” blue the stone's color is, the more valuable it is, although all Azurite is low to moderate in price.
Common Cuts :
Azurite is most commonly shaped into cabochon and bead form. It is also used for ornamental carvings.

Routine Enhancements :
Azurite is sometimes coated with clear, colorless wax in order to improve the overall durability and appearance of the gemstone.

Care & Cleaning :
Being a soft gemstone, the best method of cleanig for Azurite is a dry cloth, followed by a rinsing in warm water (no detergent & definitely no acids). Avoid both untrasonic and steam cleaning devices.

When storing Azurite jewelry pay particular care to keep it away from other harder jewelry / gemstones that may cause scratches on the softer Azurite stone.

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