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 Azurite-Malachite

 

Gemstone :
Azurite-Malachite

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

Zodiac :
Azurite-Malachite is not associated with any particular zodiac sign.

Chemical Symbol :
Azurite - Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Malachite – Cu2CO3(OH)2

Chemical Make-up :
Azurite-Malachite is made up of Azurite and Malachite banded together. Both gemstones are 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.

Malachite gets its name from the Greek word moloche, meaning mallow, which makes reference to Malachite's green color.

Azurite-Malachite was previously said to help cure convulsions and to act as a local anaesthetic. Malachite was cited as a natural healer and Azurite helped the wearer to listen to themselves and to unlock previously hidden talents / gifts.

Azurite-Malachite promotes wisdom, increases psychic awareness / ability by unblocking mental blocks and dissipating negativity. Azurite-Malachite enables the wearer to look inside themselves with greater ease and understanding. Azurite is associated with the Third Eye and Throat Chakras and considered an aid to meditation.

 

Availability :
Azurite-Malachite crystals are somewhat rare and are highly sought after, particularly amongst mineral collectors Azurite crystal demand will soon likely outstrip supply. Price point is currently low to moderate.

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

Evaluation :
Azurite-Malachite 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.

Azurite-Malachite is a truly beautiful gemstone that exhibits a wonderful mix of the blue tones of Azurite, banded with the earthy green tones of Malachite. Azurite is generally predominantly dark blue with lighter blue streaks, whereas Malachite's colors range from light green, through emerald green, to a dark, almost black-green. This contrast in colorations creates truly memorable jewelry pieces.

Common Cuts :
Azurite-Malachite is most commonly carved as cabochon, beads and decorative ornaments.

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

Care & Cleaning :
Azurite-Malachite is a soft stone and particularly susceptible to acids, even in diluted form. The best way therefore to clean your Azurite Malachite is with warm, soapy water and a soft cloth. Always be sure to store your Azurite- Malachite jewelry away afrom and seperate to harder gems / jewelry which may scratch this softer stone.

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