Align with the Divine and your Highest Self.
Explore more and become a life-long learner.
Be logical and advocate for truth and justice.
Understand your emotions and be more kind.
Let Azurite inspire you to always stay curious!
Mineralogy of Azurite
Mineral Family: Carbonites
Chemical Composition: Cu3(Co3)2(OH)2
Crystal System: Monoclinic
Form/Habit: Tabular, prismatic
Fracture: Tabular, prismatic
Luster: Viterous to dull to earthy
Transparency: Transparent to opaque
Location: Azurite is found near copper deposits in numerous locations worldwide. The best quality deposits are found in Australia, Chile, France, Greece, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Russia, Spain and the United States (Arizona, New Mexico and Utah).
Mineral Family: Azurite is a relatively rare Carbonite mineral. Carbonates are an important part of the Earth’s crust and are found in sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks. Carbonates are minerals which contain the carbonate group CO3 as their basic structural unit. They form in a trigonal system with one Carbon atom centrally located between 3 Oxygen atoms. There are over 70 types of Carbonate minerals, the most common being Dolomite, Siderite, and Calcite. Rarer but still well-known Carbonate minerals include Aragonite, Magnesite, Malachite and Rhodochrosite. Azurite has a rich deep blue color.
Formation: Azurite is a rare secondary, copper-derive mineral. It s formed when carbon-dioxide-rich water reacts with subsurface copper ores. The Carbonic acid in the waters dissolves some of the copper, which can then transported in liquid form to another geochemical environment. If the new location has a hotter temperature, the water will evaporate leaving trace minerals behind which can then form into Azurrite. If, later on the Azurite is exposed to the open air and allowed to weather, it will transform into green Malachite. Occasionally, stones are found that capture this process in action, a striking stone known simply as Azurite-Malachite.
Mining: Typically mined in Copper quarries and in relationship to their primary stone. Azurite is usually massive or nodular, but it can also sometimes form as a stalactite. When found in crystal form, it can have as many as 100 faces!
Enhancements: All Azurites can be considered fully natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting and polishing. Some Azurites, especially fine gemstones, will be coated with a fine resin or other substances to stop the natural weathering process that transforms Azurite into Malachite. The resin helps to stabilize the color.
Synonym: Blue Malachite, Chessylite
History of Azurite
Azurite has been known since antiquity, but primarily as a source for blue pigment rather than for any healing properties. As such, it was only rarely included in ancient lapidaries, texts describing gemstones and their powers. Azurite’s name comes from the Persian lazhaward, or “blue”, the same word from which Lapis Lazuli is derived.
In antiquity, significant Azurite deposits were located through Egypt, in the Sinai and Eastern Desert. The stone was mined as a copper ore and used for ornamental purposes. The primary use of Azurite was as a source for blue paint or dye. It was also occasionally carved into beads or other jewelry. However, Azurite is relatively soft compared to other gemstones and its color fades over time, so jewelers used it sparingly. The oldest known example of Azurite being used dates back to the Fourth Dynasty (2613-2494 BCE) and was found in a pyramid complex in lower Egypt.
Azurite can be easily ground up and mixed with various liquids to make blue, green and grey paints, dyes and glazes. Azurite was first used in this way by the ancient Egyptians and the practice quickly spread to other parts of the world. Azurite deposits in Europe made it a cheap source of blue pigment and so it was frequently used in paintings during the medieval period, the Renaissance and as late as the 17th century. The specific shade of blue depends on the purity of the Azurite, as well as how finely it is ground. Sometimes the paint can be a greenish hue, especially in the case of older Azurites that were in the process of turning into Malachite. Azurite was a relatively cheap source of blue dye, compared to paintings made from Ultrablue or Lapis Lazuli. But with its unstable color, paintings that used Azurite fade at a much higher rate than those painted with the more expensive blue pigments. This is especially true of Azurite that was used in fresco or mural paintings.
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Healing Properties of Azurite
Spiritual: Azurite represents the desire to find and maintain Enlightenment in this lifetime. It increases our connection to the Divine and helps us to act in alignment with our own Highest Self. It encourages us to take control over our own spiritual development and to continue to break through any barriers which hold us back. Azurite stimulates our psychic powers, and increases the accuracy of psychic, tarot, runes, and other readings. It also facilitates meditation and channeling, and helps us to communicate clearly about spiritual matters. Azurite is attuned to the Third Eye and Crown Chakras and linked to the astrological sign of Sagittarius. It is connected to the element of Wind and vibrates to the numbers 1.
Emotional: Azurite vibrates with a hunger for truth, justice, and courage. As a result, it blows away irrational fears and asks us to regain control of our negative emotions rather than letting them control us. Azurite helps us to understand the root behind our fear, anger, sadness, and other uncomfortable emotions. In particular, Azrurite asks us to entertain the thought that perhaps our emotions are based on beliefs from the past, which might not be true anymore – or may never have been true at all! Having found a deeper understanding of our own emotions, Azurite then challenges us to take the appropriate actions to respond to life’s complex situations in a more mature and kind fashion. Azurite is a fantastic stone to work with when people are struggling to be honest with each other, and want to have a healthier and happier relationship.
Mental: Azurite is a stone which celebrates critical thinking at the highest level. It is a wonderful stone for scientists in every discipline as its energy aligns with tenets of the scientific method and the quest for truth. Azurite increases our hunger for personal experiences and the need to do our own diligent research, rather than relying on the information and opinions of others. Azurite encourages us to be more aware of our self and our impact on others, and to cultivate self-knowledge. It stimulates creativity and encourages life-long learning.
Physical: Azurite is used by metaphysical healers to treat disorders and illness in the head and brain, such as migraines, tinnitus, and problems with vertigo. It is also said to stimulate the liver and help the body during detoxes. One of its most successful uses, however, is to explore and cure hypochondria and psychosomatic illnesses.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Azurite
The Miners tumble and polish their own stock.
They sell to a US Importer with local Peruvian roots.
The Importer sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is short and clean.
The Mine, Lapidary and Export company are located in the same country.
This Azurite is a byproduct of an industrial copper mine in Peru.
The exact deposit is unknown, but Peru has some of the best safety standards for miners.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
The Lapidary & Importer
This Azurite was polished in Lima, Peru and imported to the United States.
The Importer is a family business with deep ties to Peruvian miners.
It was founded by an aunt in the USA and her nephew in Lima, Peru.
The Importer is eco-conscious and workers are paid fairly
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first spoke to the manager of the export company after finding them online in early 2017 and met the manager in person at the Denver Gem Show later that year. I was cautious about doing business with them since they are the exporter, rather than the miners or tumblers. But I studied their company and was pleased by their dedication to environmentalism. They focus on exporting Fair Trade, Consciously-Made, and No-Harm Peruvian handicrafts. They also have worked to reduce their carbon footprint in their wholesale warehouse.
In 2019, I had a long conversation with the manager about ethical topics in the stone industry. She was willing to speak candidly about both the positives and the negatives. She also shared how she personally struggled with the ethical issues and her part in the supply chain. Whenever a shipment of goods arrives from Peru, she insists on smudging every box before it is brought into the factory. The manager introduced me to the mother of the current owner. A tiny woman, less than 5 ft tall, she was happy to reminisce with me about how she started the company more than 30 years ago. She had been a young immigrant mother, searching for a new life. Her nephew, back in Peru, shipped her a few buckets of Pyrite and asked her to see if she could sell them. She laughed to remember those days and radiated happiness and gratitude. Today, the business is run by her son and his cousin in Peru.
Azurite Tumbled Stone
Color: Dark blue on a brown and black matrix. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Azurite
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